A goal for the A.P. Psychology course is to teach the importance of understanding the difference between a ‘fixed mindset’ and a ‘growth mindset’. Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, has developed the theory of the power of the mindset and has published her findings in a book titled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. This theory incorporates many psychology themes that will be discussed in class such as, motivation, intelligence, the brain and cognition. For the summer assignment, each student will read selected chapters from the book and post discussion comments on a virtual book club blog site. During the course of the school year students will continue to expand their understanding of a ‘growth mindset’ through class discussions, articles, videos and published research studies.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea - the power of our mindset.
Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talents that bring us success - but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising our children’s intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to improve in school, as well as reach our own goals, personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know, and shows how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
Chapter One: The Mindsets
Chapter Two: Inside the Mindsets
Chapter Three: The Truth About Ability and Accomplishment
Chapter Four: Sports: The Mindset of a Champion/Chapter Six: Relationships: Mindsets in Love (Or Not)
Chapter Seven: Parents, Teachers, and Coaches: Where Do Mindsets Come From?
Virtual Book Club Blog
CHAPTERS and DISCUSSIONS CALENDAR
- Discussion Questions for Chapter One and Two will be posted by Monday, June 5th
- Students will have to post one response to each of the questions for Chapter One and Two and one response to another student’s posting for both Chapter One and Two
- Students must complete the requirements for Chapter One and Two by Friday, June 30th
- Discussion Questions for Chapter Three, Four and Six will be posted by Monday, July 3rd
- Students will have to read Chapter Three and pick either Chapter Four or Six to read
- Students will have to post one response to the questions for Chapter Three and either Chapter Four or Six and one response to another student’s posting for Chapter Three and either Four or Six
- Students must complete the requirements for Chapter Three, Four and Six by Monday, July 31st
- Discussion Questions for Chapter Seven will be posted by Tuesday, August 1st
- Students will have to post one response to the question for Chapter Seven and one response to another student’s posting for Chapter Seven
- Students must complete the requirements for Chapter Seven by Thursday, August 31st
Each discussion response must include a quote or reference to a topic in the chapter being assigned for the month.
Each discussion response must be thoughtful, respectful and demonstrate a student’s understanding of the chapter.
There is NO specific length requirement for each posting, however, a posting of less than three sentences will not receive full credit.
Spelling and grammar do not count.
There will be no accepted late posting past the deadline outlined in the calendar.
Discussion Question Responses - 10 points each - 50 points total
Student Responses to Other Students - 10 points each - 50 points total
Total: 100 points