Summary of Teaching That Changes Lives

12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning

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Teaching That Changes Lives book summary
Your mind-set affects how well you listen, learn and relate to others. Change it to be a more effective teacher.


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Education consultant Marilee Adams discusses teachers and administrators who function with either an open, positive, curious “Learner mind-set” or a negative, closed and apathetic “Judger mind-set.” Adams explains how an administrator or teacher’s point of view affects learning, intelligence and conflict management. Adding 12 useful attitude-shaping tools in a 30-page workbook at the back of the volume, Adams presents a parable about a sixth-grade teacher who considers quitting teaching. Her mentor heightens her dedication, teaches her about mind-sets and challenges, and inspires her to change her mental approach so that she can become a better teacher. getAbstract recommends Adams’s helpful guidance to K-12 teachers, university professors, as well as school principals and education administrators.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to recognize your mind-set
  • How “Learner” and “Judger” mind-sets affect you and your students
  • How to change your mind-set


Asking Questions
Emma Shepherd wondered why she went into teaching. She co-taught a combined fifth and sixth grade classroom with Carmen Santiago, an experienced teacher’s assistant. Shepherd’s first year went well. During her second year, she grew frustrated. Shepherd had doubts about...
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About the Author

Professor and coach Marilee Adams also wrote The Art of the Question, a psychology textbook, and Change Your Questions, Change Your Life, a book of business advice.

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