The Agile Learner: Growth Mindset + Habits of Mind + Practice

James Anderson
Engaging and thoughtful
Developing a Growth Mindset and turning it into growth with Habits of Mind and Practice
Target Audience
This workshop is suited to all P-12 educators interested in understanding not only how to develop a robust and enduring growth mindset in their students, but also how to help students achieve this growth.
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Teaching Standards

General Description

A growth mindset is the understanding that you can grow your talents, abilities, and intelligence. Learning Agility gives you the capacity to achieve that growth!
An Agile Learner understands that their Growth Mindset is simply an invitation to grow. In order to translate their mindset into growth and increase their abilities, they develop powerful Habits of Mind and engage in the Virtuous Practice.
This workshop gives you the practical tools you need in order to develop Agile Learners in your classroom.


This workshop is suited to all P-12 educators interested in understanding not only how to develop a robust and enduring growth mindset in their students, but also how to help students achieve this growth.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.

Teaching Standards
1.2.2 Proficient Level – Understand how students learn
1.5.2 Proficient Level – Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
3.1.2 Proficient Level – Establish challenging learning goals
3.3.2 Proficient Level – Use teaching strategies
3.5.2 Proficient Level – Use effective classroom communication

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 1.2.2, 1.5.2, 3.1.2, 3.3.2 & 3.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of 1. Face to Face in Australia (NSW - Accredited) at this time.


Developing a Growth Mindset by moving students along the Mindset Continuum.

1 hour

As Professor Dweck states, “A Growth Mindset is not a declaration, it’s a journey.” Working with mindsets in your classroom involves helping students move along this Mindset Continuum from low growth to high growth.
In this session you’ll learn how to ensure your students are developing a more growth-oriented mindset by consistently infusing positive mindset movers into your day-to-day practice.
- Understanding the Mindset Continuum
- Creating powerful mindset movers
- Combating social media myths about Mindset

The material will be presented as a keynote presentation, small and large group discussion.

The Learning Pit

2 hours

The Learning Pit is a powerful metaphor that gives students and teachers a language to understand and talk about the learning process.
In this session, you’ll discover how James Anderson has completely updated the analogy to Learning Pit 2.0. Drawing on recent work on Peak Performance by cognitive psychologist Professor K. Anders Ericsson, the foundational work of Professor Carol Dweck on Mindset, and enduring contribution of the Habits of Mind by Emeritus Professor Art Costa and Dr Bena Kallick, James draws out powerful new insights and practical tools for you to apply in your classroom.
- A powerful language for the learning process
- Challenges versus Learning Challenges
- Comfort Zones, Performance Zones and Learning Zones
- How challenges create a growth, or fixed, mindset
- Creating better learners, not simply learning more
- Why we need to take a “backpack” into the Learning Pit
- How Learning Pit 2.0 helps us identify Effective Effort.

After an initial presentation, teachers will be giving small group and individual activities to take practical steps in translating these ideas into their own classroom context.

Habits of Mind

2 hours

Costa and Kallick defined the 16 intelligent behaviours that are skilfully and mindfully employed by peak performers in all walks of life. In this workshop you’ll discover how to infuse the growth and development of these behaviours into your classroom practice so your students become more efficacious learners.
After more than 15 years working closely with Art Costa and Bena Kallick, as well as schools around the world, James Anderson will share the most critical insights that ensure your work with Habits of Mind is practical, powerful and sustainable.
- How to shift from “teaching” to developing powerful Habits of Mind
- Practical strategies for classroom learning
- How Habits of Mind connect with Mindset and Practice
- School-wide approaches for Habits of Mind

A mixture of presentation, small group discussion, and group activities will be used in this session.

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by Roslynne Todd on 02/05/2018

A highly energetic and entertaining presentation of meaningful behaviours and processes to impart and build in each of our students to provide them with a mindfulness and beingness to survive and contribute effectively in their futures. Thank you, James!

by Kaye Chalwell on 02/05/2018

There is so much that I am taking back to my classroom. I can deal with some really specific issues better because of today’s workshop. Encouraging, informative and motivating.


insightful, inspiring and practical – the course has given me so much to think about and hopefully implement.


Loved the PP slides


Relentless delivery, very knowledgeable. Very relevant.


Very interesting and engaging. Its useful for both, being a teacher and (an individual) at a personal level.


James has clearly embodied the content. He is an engaging prester and interesting, humorous, articulate, informed, an original and creative thinker. This was a very high calibre PD day. Many thanks, James!

by Vivian Cao on 02/05/2018

Very practical and interesting. James has done wonderful work to engage us.


very engaging and entertaining


Awesome presenter as always.
Answers lots of questions & presents many challenges


Excellent, content & ideas. Wonderful delivery.
So much to take away!
Thank You!


Every minute was valuable!


Very interesting and inspiring

by Alyssa Nusdorfer on 02/05/2018

Some stories/sections were slightly repetitive. Could be shortened. Gained a really good understanding on the learning path. Have now been challenged on my own learning path as how it will look in my class.

by Brooke Hanns on 02/05/2018

would like some more information about Habits of Mind courses and implementing it effectively into our school.


Developed my understanding of Growth Mindsets and how to apply and the importance of developing Habits of Mind


Extremely informative and interesting workshop. I’m excited to read more and reflect on the day.


Very relevant. Quite challenging but great ideas to push me into my Learning Zone for the next step

About the team

James Anderson


James Anderson is the director and principal consultant of Mindful by Design. An experienced and successful teacher, James began working with Art Costa’s Habits of Mind in his own classroom in 2000. James is a highly experienced and engaging presenter with experience at all levels of schooling from early learning through to tertiary.

Check out the Habits of Mind website