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Mindsets and Moves

Mindsets and Moves
Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge [Grades K-8]

© 2016 | 240 pages | Corwin

What if you could have an owner’s manual on reading ownership? What if there really were a framework for building students’ agency and independence? 

There’s no “what if?” about it. When it comes to teaching reading, Gravity Goldberg declares there is a structure, one that works with your current curriculum, to help readers take charge. The way forward Gravity says lies in admiring, studying, and really getting to know your students.

Consider Mindsets & Moves your guide. Here, Gravity describes how to let go of our default roles of assigner, monitor, and manager and instead shift to a growth mindset. Easily replicable in any setting, any time, her 4 Ms framework ultimately lightens your load because they allow students to monitor and direct their reading lives. 

  1. Miner: Uncovering Students’ Reading Processes (Focus: Assessment)
  2. Mirror: Giving Feedback That Reinforces a Growth Mindset (Focus: Feedback)
  3. Model: Showing Readers What We Do (Focus: Demonstration]
  4. Mentor: Guiding Students to Try New Ways of Reading (Focus: Guided Practice and Coaching)

Get started on the 4Ms tomorrow! Gravity has loaded the book with practical examples, lessons, reading process and strategy lists, and a 35-page photo tour of exemplary reading classrooms with captions that distill best practices. All figures, student work and photographs are provided in vibrant, full color. 

We are in the midst of an ownership crisis, and readers of every ability and in every grade are more often compliant than fully engaged. Use Mindsets & Moves as that rare resource that 
makes something highly complex suddenly clear and inspiring for you. 

GRAVITY GOLDBERG is coauthor of Conferring with Readers: Supporting Each Students’ Growth and Independence (Heinemann, 2007) and author of many articles about reading, writing, and professional development. She holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a former staff developer at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and an assistant professor at Iona College’s graduate education program. She leads a team of literacy consultants in the New York/New Jersey region. 

Mindsets and Moves addresses, in a very engaging way, the most important aspects of classroom literacy instruction. It shows how to think about and interact with children around literacy. Thoroughly grounded in current theories, which are clearly explained and illustrated with stories and examples, the book is absolutely practical with excellent examples of lessons, anchor charts and all of the necessary details.” — Peter Johnston, Author of Choice Words and Opening Minds 

Chapter One. Reading on One’s Own: What We Really Mean by Take-Charge Independence
What Does It Really Mean to Read on One’s Own?  
Examining Teacher Roles  
Taking the Spotlight Off the Teacher  
The Facets of Ownership  
How Rigor Fits In  
The Pitfalls of Turning Play Into Work: Motivation Challenges  
Chapter Two. Shifting Roles: Be a Miner, a Mirror, a Model, a Mentor
The Gift of Problems: Creating a Willingness to Struggle  
Shifting Roles Toward Reader Ownership  
What Shifted?  
Taking on New Teacher Roles: The 4 Ms  
How Ownership Sits Within the Gradual Release Model  
Chapter Three. Being an Admirer: Looking at Readers With Curiosity
Admiring Allows Us to See What Is There  
Admiring Gives Us Glimpses Into Our Students’ Minds  
Admiring Lets Us See Potential  
Admiring Helps Us Recognize Individuality  
Admiring Pushes Us to Be Precise  
Admiring Gives Us the Small and Big Picture  
Admiring Supports a Growth Mindset  
Admiring Creates Growth Mindset Expectations  
Language Impacts Mindset  
Admiring Impacts Our Guiding Questions  
Start Admiring!  
Chapter Four. Creating Space for Ownership: A Photo Tour of Reading Classrooms
Reading Process Spiral  
Reading Workshop Space  
Class Meeting Area  
Reading Notebooks  
Tracking Reading Volume  
Class Goals Chart  
Book Club Tools and Spaces  
Student Intentions  
Small Group Instruction  
Reading Nooks  
Student Reflections  
Chapter Five. Be a Miner: Uncovering Students’ Reading Processes
Using a Five-Step Process  
Uncovering One Student’s Reading Process  
Uncovering a Class’s Reading Processes  
Choosing When to Be a Miner  
Admiring Trouble  
Chapter Six. Be a Mirror: Giving Feedback That Reinforces a Growth Mindset
Feedback Teaches  
Preparing to Give Feedback  
Being a Mirror to a Small Group  
Being a Mirror to the Whole Class  
Admiring Trouble  
Chapter Seven. Be a Model: Showing Readers What We Do
Being a Model  
Being a Model to One Student  
Are We Really Modeling?  
Planning to Model for the Whole Class  
Preparing to Be a Model  
Modeling, Not Assigning  
Admiring Trouble  
Chapter Eight. Be a Mentor: Guiding Students to Try New Ways of Reading
Being a Mentor  
Break Down Strategies Into Steps  
Mentoring a Small Group of Readers  
Mentoring the Whole Class During a Read Aloud  
Admiring Trouble  
Chapter Nine. Teaching Students Strategies for How to Be Admirers
How to Talk About Your Reading Process  
How to Set Goals for Yourself as a Reader  
How to Reflect on Your Mindset  
How to Give Each Other Feedback  
How to Ask for Support  
Chapter Ten. Embracing Curiosity: Entry Points for Getting Started
Entry Point 1: Shift Roles  
Entry Point 2: Shift Lenses From Deficit to Admiring  
Entry Point 3: Shift Your Focus From the Teacher to Students  
Entry Point 4: Shift Classroom Spaces  
Entry Point 5: Shift Toward Feedback From Students  
Entry Point 6: Shift Toward Feedback From Trusted Colleagues  
Entry Point 7: Admire Yourself  
Appendix A. Student-Focused Reading Checklist
Appendix B. Continuum: How We Might Shift Our Instruction Toward Ownership
Appendix C. Chart of Balanced Literacy Reading Components
Reproducible Classroom Charts
Be a Miner
Be a Mirror
Be a Model
Be a Mentor

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Key features

Mindsets and Moves applies important research on effective instruction and motivation from Hattie, Dweck, Ducksworth, and others to infuse today’s reading classrooms with a fresh breath of student independence. With Clarity and Insight, Gravity Goldberg helps educators see how even the best intentioned reading workshop practices can go awry, and keep students from ever truly owning the work of reading on their own. She then delivers a process for teachers and students that helps them shift their roles, defining it as the 4 Ms:

Be a Miner: Uncovering Students’ Reading Processes

Be a  Mirror: Giving Feedback That Reinforces a Growth Mindset

Be a Model: Showing Readers What We Do

Be a Mentor: Guiding Students to Try New Ways of Reading

Other Practical Features Include:

A Photo Tour of a Reading Classroom, including 40+ images and captions that show teachers can-do detail of routines and classroom space

Lessons and Actions That Bring About Agency

Key Aspects of the Reading Process to Model and Monitor

Classroom Examples of Independent-Minded Whole Class, Small Group, and One-on-One Instruction

Lists of Teacher Language that Promotes Learning

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1_Reading On One's Own

Chapter 3_Being an Admirer

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