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  • Series: BK Life
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (September 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609945697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609945695
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Enhances teacher effectiveness by providing educators with a deep, powerful, yet simple set of tools for improving communication and teaching and, most importantly, enhancing student learning.”
—Harvey Silver, EdD, President, Silver Strong & Associates, LLC, and cofounder and President, Thoughtful Education Press

“There is wisdom in this book. I recommend it to any teacher, student, administrator, or professional developer seeking to reclaim meaning in our field of practice.”
—Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, President and CEO, Curriculum 21

“Presents a living portrait of students’ and teachers’ mindset growth and learning… can indeed revolutionize the educational process.”
—John Barell, Professor Emeritus, Montclair State University, and author of Did You Ever Wonder? and Developing More Curious Minds

“Thought-provoking and engaging—a real winner. I am recommending it to our teachers and to parents as well.”
—Nancy Starmer, Head of School, George School, offering the International Baccalaureate Degree Program

“Marilee Adams is an engaging writer. Using the medium of storytelling, she clearly explains the importance of developing a Learner mindset and the necessity for educators to create inquiry-based learning environments infused with curiosity, creativity, and caring. Any educator, in higher education and K–12 is sure to benefit from reading this valuable and practical book.”
—Patrick Blessinger, founder and Executive Director, International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association

“Offers a methodology for compassion…honors the power of the question and provides a gentle guide to a better kind of leadership. Great message. Very readable with tools and ideas that are easy to hold on to.”
—Peter Block, bestselling author of Stewardship and Community

“Dr. Adams has created a fundamental framework that’s sure to lead educators, administrators, and students toward increased collaboration, problem solving, and greater success. This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about education and cares about the future. That means just about all of us.”
—Naomi Drew, educational consultant and author of No Kidding about Bullying

“Every teacher can find himself or herself in this story. We all have days when self-doubt or frustration threatens to overtake our passion and commitment for teaching. Teaching That Changes Lives reveals the power of every teacher’s mindset to create a classroom climate that opens children’s minds, helping every student become engaged with and love deep learning. This is a must-read for everyone who touches the curious minds of children—a message that has powerful implications for changing schools and changing lives.”
—Victoria Duff, President, Learning Forward New Jersey, and Senior Consultant, Center for Results, Learning Forward

“What a joy it was to read your book! You are sharing numerous underlying messages about hope, the power of asking positive questions, the importance of knowing one’s students, learning styles, making mistakes and learning from them, and more. This exciting book will undoubtedly have a far-reaching and generative influence on teachers and students at all levels.”
—Jenny Edwards, PhD, Professor, School of Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University

“Marilee’s work has changed the life of my campus.”
—Verna Fitzsimmons, PhD, CEO, Kansas State University Salina, and Dean, College of Technology and Aviation

“Best education book ever! Leverage the power of choice to ignite a passion for learning and change lives. Not only will you energize yourself as you read Marilee’s dynamic book, you will finally have the tools to enrich the lives of your students as you challenge them to claim their greatness.”
—Vicki Halsey, PhD, Vice President, The Ken Blanchard Companies, and author of Brilliance by Design

“We have seen over and again that our mindsets impact all aspects of our work, forming the very foundation of trust, growth, and collaboration essential for achieving a positive staff culture, strong school culture, and, ultimately, academic success with our scholars. This book gives individuals at all school levels the tools necessary for building positive Learner mindsets…provides the ‘missing link’ in how to have a strong staff culture.”
—Camilla Lopez, Principal, and Kevin Lohela, Academic Dean, Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary School

“This beautiful narrative, evoking the struggles and victories of real people and real situations, awakens our hopes and aspirations for igniting the love of learning, not just for our students but within the very heart of our own teaching…as useful for youth workers, camp counselors, and parents as it is for classroom teachers.”
—John McAuley, President and CEO, The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods, Canada

“This book is a beautiful and compelling illustration of the power of positive psychology and resilience theory in education!”
—Caroline Adams Miller, master of applied positive psychology and bestselling coauthor of Creating Your Best Life

“This is truly an inspiring story of learning and change. I love that change and learning did not happen just to students but to teachers as well…illustrates the impact of emotional intelligence in action…The transformative process embedded in the storyline is deeply beneficial and enlightening.”
—Kenneth Rhee, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Executive Leadership and Organizational Change Program, Northern Kentucky University

“If every teacher in America read this book, I believe it would have an incredible impact on student learning. Dr. Adams helps the reader identify and manage two powerful mindsets that live behind all our actions—the Judger and the Learner. If you are looking for a clear path for improving the learning of your students through your professional learning communities, this book will be indispensable for making that happen!”
—James L. Roussin, coauthor of Guiding Professional Learning Communities and Implementing Change through Learning

“Teaching That Changes Lives kick-starts the learning journey for teachers, students, and school communities. Appreciative Inquiry in education is a perfect fit with the insightful questions and choices presented in this highly readable, usable book. Dr. Adams has made a major contribution to the strengths-focused education community.”
—Marge Schiller, PhD, Founder, Positive Change Core, and coauthor of Appreciative Leaders

“An uplifting book with meaningful, appreciative strategies for teachers committed to making a positive difference in their students’ lives…a genuine contribution to teachers and learners in any setting.”
—Jacqueline M. Stavros, DM, Professor, Lawrence Technological University, and coauthor of The Appreciative Inquiry Handbook

“Teaching That Changes Lives reminds us that at the heart of all good education are inquiry and a Learner mindset. This engaging and thoughtful book is filled with examples and simple, practical tools for creating a climate of learning where we can challenge our assumptions and change the questions we ask ourselves to build the education system of the future.”
—Kathy Telban, MEd, CPT, SPHR, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio

“Teaching That Changes Lives wisely reminds us that authentic teaching requires that we must model the behavior we teach or we cannot hope to influence the behavior—or the future—of our students.”
—Robert M. Tobias, JD, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs, American University

“This book re-ignites the raison d’etre for teaching—to change lives. Marilee gives teachers powerful and simple methods for getting on track for what real teaching and real learning are all about.”
—Dr. Henry Toi, founder and CEO, Nurture Craft Education Group, Singapore, and Publisher, Brain Capital Magazine

About the Author

Marilee Adams, PhD, is president of the Inquiry Institute, a consulting, coaching, and educational organization. She is an advisor to Learning Forward New Jersey and an adjunct professor at American University in the Key Executive Leadership Program, School of Public Affairs.

More About the Author

Marilee Adams, Ph.D. is an author, organizational consultant and facilitator, executive coach, and professional speaker. She is president of the Inquiry Institute, a consulting, coaching, and educational organization. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in the Key Executive Leadership Program and is affiliated with Columbia University's Global Learning & Leadership Group at Teachers College. She is also on the board as an advisor for Learning Forward New Jersey.

Dr. Adams' published works include books, book chapters, and articles. These include "Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work", 2nd edition (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009) and "The Art of the Question: A Guide to Short-Term Question-Centered Therapy" (John Wiley & Sons, 1998). "Change Your Questions, Change Your Life" is an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Learning in Organizations and Business and has sold almost 150,000 copies in 18 languages.

A new book, "Teaching that Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning", will be published in September 2013 by Berrett-Koehler. Her book chapters include "The Practical Primacy of Questions in Action Learning" in Action Learning and Its Applications, Present and Future (2010) and she co-authored, with Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Marge Schiller, "With Our Questions We Make the World" in "Advances in Appreciative Inquiry--Constructive Discourse and Human Organization". She also co-authored with Dr. Cynda Rushton, an article in Advanced Critical Care Nursing entitled "Asking Ourselves and Others the Right Questions: A Vehicle for Understanding, Resolving, and Preventing Conflicts between Clinicians, Patients, and Families."

Dr. Adams works and speaks in the private and public sector, healthcare, education, and professional associations. These include: Toronto General Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, and Christiana Care Hospital; the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy, NASA Goddard, the National Defense University (NDU), U.S. Departments of Treasury, Interior, and Education, National Geospatial Agency, Brookings Institution, and the Council for Excellence in Government; Princeton University, Harvard University, Kansas State University, Kent State University, Humber University, New York University, George Mason University, Columbia University Teachers College Workplace Learning Institute, Georgetown McDonough School of Business; Ameriprise, Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Booz Allen, DHL, Brother Int'l; Nat'l Training Laboratory, the International Coach Federation, Pegasus Systems Thinking Conference, Learning Forward, Organizational Development Network, Society for Human Resource Management, American Society of Training & Development, and the Global Forum for Action Learning. Her PhD in Clinical Psychology is from the Fielding Graduate Institute.

Prior to 1998, Dr. Adams was a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, groups, couples, and families. During that time, she founded and led several public seminar companies.

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I really enjoyed the focus on understanding our mindset and the relationship to learning.
P. Brooks
This book offers a wonderful roadmap for how to deal proactively rather than reactively with negative occurances, issues, mindsets.
Judith E. Waters
If you are or have ever been a student, this book will provide insight on why your great teachers were great.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By a.b. on September 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
I read a pre-release copy of this book and I just purchased a copy for a friend in education. Even if you are not generally a fan of the storytelling style to teach concepts (which generally I am not), this book has something USEFUL for you. In a climate where teachers are often not being supported to do the kind of work that got them interested in teaching in the first place, this book provides practical attention to what teachers need. Hopefully, it also causes us to reevaluate the kind of thinkers and learners we want our students to be (e.g. how important it is to focus on how students solve problems vs. what they know). The book addresses an often overlooked but critical aspect of our functioning: that no matter how well trained we are, we are human - and, especially in stressful situations, all of us know the pull down what Marilee Adams calls the Judger path. What this book provides us is a way to interrupt the automaticity when that is happening and gives us a simple (but not simplistic) and practical HOW-TO path back to our better selves (what Adams calls the Learner Mindset). This is powerful stuff. Since I was a child the Serenity Prayer has been a guiding principle for me, and this work really shows HOW we can more gracefully accept the things we cannot change while still courageously working on the things we CAN impact. Maybe even more importantly, it also helps us to see possibilities so that we expand the realm of the things we can impact. If our schools are going to live up to their promise of being an equalizing force, they need that. As a psychologist, I appreciate that this work addresses two important concepts together: 1) how questions are at the root of our most effective thinking and 2) you can only ask the best questions if you ground yourself in the right mindset first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry B on September 21, 2013
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If you are or have ever been a student, this book will provide insight on why your great teachers were great. If you are a teacher, this book will inspire you and give you a tool to be great, i.e. to be the teacher you dreamed of being. If you are a human being, this book will point you to a path that will enrich your life and increase your effectiveness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Osman on September 27, 2013
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Teachers' minds today are consumed by: rigorous academic standards, high stakes testing, the reality of limited resources and increased class size, documentation via data of meeting every learner's needs with differentiated instruction, education of the whole child, bully prevention, school safety issues, and insufficient time with which to balance career and personal life, just to name the top 12.

Dr. Marilee Adams' book, Teaching that Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning arrives at the right moment to quell the educator's full mind through mindful practices.

This book promotes the pathway to healthy mindful choices one must make to meet and navigate the daily challenges of working in schools today; and reclaim the joy of our noble profession. As a recently retired educator, with 29 years of classroom and administrative success, I have found Dr. Adams' "Choice Map" essential to the work I am currently doing as a consultant on school culture and instructional practices. She asks the pivotal question, "Who do I choose to be: in the classroom teaching students, in the teachers' lounge, with parents, with my friends and family, and myself?" moment by moment by moment.

The big idea? Thoughtful questions promote a practice of inquiry and curiosity which occurs prior to any decisive action. Through the mindsets of "learner" and "judger" we educators process thoughts, feelings, and circumstances moment by moment by moment. The types of internal questions we ask ourselves help us to identify which of these two mindsets we choose to inhabit. Yes, it's our choice!

The book is written in a reader friendly narrative style like these other best-sellers: FISH!, Who Moved my Cheese?, and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By suzannerus on October 17, 2013
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I now have every one I know reading this book
It is a wonderful example of the power of change and how the mind works
There are so many examples of the people we interact with on a daily basis.
Then tools to use to change.

Great fun as well
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Brooks on October 31, 2013
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I really enjoyed the focus on understanding our mindset and the relationship to learning. I read her prior book and appreciated the updated Choice Map plus the 12 tools to help the reader develop a love for learning. I hope her book becomes required reading for those in the teaching and adult education profession because the concepts when applied will help teachers in all areas to create a dynamic environment for learning by focusing on their own mindset before teaching others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renerend Dr. Irene Goldberg on October 29, 2013
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This is an easy read. Practical. Useful. For anyone who has an opportunity to influence and develop others. There is a teacher in each of us. Dr. Marilee Adams has given us a great tool to read, share and implement. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robs on November 22, 2013
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This book can re-ignite the passion for teaching that, most likely, brought educators into the field in the first place. Imagine teaching not only subject matter but also core sustaining values. Although the author presents a mindful method for teaching, the information is applicable to all relationships. Thank you Dr. Adams.
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