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Mindsets and Moves

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

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September 2015 | 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

"Gravity Goldberg shows readers how to re-imagine their role as reading teachers in order to help students become readers who are engaged and independent.  This warm and very practical book will be a treasured guide for teachers in the challenging work of growing readers who truly have ownership of their reading."

Author of How's It a Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers

Thought provoking, practical, and inspiring all at once—it is one of those books that is so chock-full of wise ideas that I will delight in dog earring and marking up its pages with a highlighter.

Author of The Revision Toolbox and Finding the Heart of Nonfiction

"Gravity Goldberg brings to the field wisdom and how-to's that are at once ancient and brand new, and her 4Ms process has the power to create the paradigm shift we need."

Author of Comprehension from the Ground Up and The Common Core Companion, K-2

"This is that rare kind of book that will be useful to teachers in any setting, whether they are classroom teachers or literacy specialists, whether they work with children who struggle in some way or those who exceed expectations in any way.  Gravity includes practical examples and helpful resources that show teachers how to truly see and know their students, first, so that they can tailor instruction that fits their humanity, lifts their work, and engages their intentions as readers and learners."

co-author of I Am Reading with Matt Glover, Growing Readers, and Reading for Real

"Top 3 things I admire about Mindsets and Moves by Gravity Goldberg: 1. She helps us move young readers to new heights by naming the brilliance in what they are already doing; 2. She provides models and tools for teaching reading that feel fun and humane; and 3., her clear and engaging language will inspire ambitious conversations in teacher study groups and college reading classes, making us all happier and more powerful reading teachers."

Author of Hidden Gems: Naming and Teaching from the Brilliance in Every Student’s Writing

"The premise that we as teachers must consider students' strengths is a timeless one. What’s rare is that Gravity goes well beyond this premise to offer clear suggestions and classroom examples… This is where the power of Gravity's book lies: in the credo that all students are indeed engaging and working hard at reading, and that we need to see and nurture those efforts."

Associate Professor, Lesley University, and coauthor of The Reading Turn-Around

"This is a valuable book not just for reading teachers, but for anyone who teaches anything.  Gravity Goldberg shows us how to begin by observing and admiring what our students already do and how they do it.  She shows us, further, how to give feedback, model new strategies, and mentor students without undermining their ownership and enjoyment of the activity and their improvement."

Research Professor of Psychology at Boston College and author of Free to Learn

"When you read this book, you feel like Gravity is right there with you, shoulder-to-shoulder, seeing your students as they deserve to be seen—with wonder and curiosity."

Author of Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning

"I am impressed by Goldberg’s shifts in her own thinking and teaching that placed the focus always on the students’ behaviors rather than on the teachers’.  I also like the way she forged ideas based not only on ideas from the literacy community but from other areas of research such as business leadership and psychology as well. Additionally, Goldberg’s charts and other graphics make her ideas extremely clear and provide quick access to the key points when I want revisit them. And her specific classroom examples clarified the points extremely well and make her a very credible expert because she has obviously walked the talk!"

Nancy Allison
Literacy Coach and Author of Middle School Reader

“Unlike most approaches, Gravity Goldberg shows how to shift the educator's typical role from that of a manager to encouraging kids to take charge of their own reading processes. The idea is to evolve and encourage a 'growth mindset' that offers a model for new ways of reading.” 

Midwest Book Review, April 2016
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

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