James Anderson


Putting the growth back into Growth Mindset

Do you want to develop robust and enduring Growth Mindsets in your students?

James Anderson is an educator, author and keynote speaker who supports organisations, schools and families to enable the people they lead to thrive in a rapidly changing, increasingly complex world.


The foundation of James’s work is the Growth Mindset. Having worked with schools around the world, James knows how to take teachers beyond simple social media catchphrases to practical strategies that work. By challenging adults’ Mindsets, he equips them with the tools to create a powerful approaches that nurture a more growth oriented Mindsets.


James skilfully unites the Habits of Mind, Anders Ericsson’s critical work on practice and Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset. The result is a compelling combination that increases efficacy and achieves greater learning outcomes through the development of Learning Agility.

James is a Certified Speaking Professional and author of The Agile Learner, Succeeding with Habits of Mind and numerous e-books. His latest book, The Learning Pit and the Learning Landscape, is due for release in 2019.



The Growth Mindset Teacher

Carol Dweck has called for a more nuanced understanding of Mindsets to combat the common misinterpretations and misapplications of her work.

In this insightful keynote, James will take your audience inside Dweck’s work to address many of the common misunderstandings that pervade social media. James will draw on recent research in the area of Acquisition of Excellence to explain how we combine beliefs, actions and process to build Learning Power, potential and efficacy.

 James will speak about:

  • The Mindset Continuum. Going beyond the Fixed / Growth dichotomy, James clarifies that most people’s Mindset lies somewhere between these two extremes, therefore working with Mindsets requires more than a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
  • The worldview that leads to different Mindsets, including misunderstandings of how we acquire our talents and abilities.
  • The False Mindset and how we can identify and combat it in our classrooms.
  • Effective ways to praise effort to create more growth-oriented Mindsets.

 At the end of this keynote, your audience will have the deeper, more nuanced understanding of Growth Mindsets. They will see the bigger picture of what we need to do to develop learners who are better equipped to deal with challenges and achieve greater growth.

The Agile Learner

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!

This keynote introduces the powerful concept of the Agile Learner. This is someone who understands their Growth Mindset is simply an invitation to grow. To translate their Mindset into growth and increase their abilities, they know they must develop powerful Habits of Mind and engage in Virtuous Practice. 

James will speak about: 

  • How we can ensure students develop a more growth-oriented Mindset by infusing our teaching with positive Mindset Movers.
  • Social media myths about Mindsets and how to combat them.
  • The Learning Pit, a powerful metaphor for the learning process that gives students and teachers a common language to discuss performance, growth and effort.
  • The Habits of Mind and how they integrate with Growth Mindsets and Virtuous Practice to create Learning Agility.

At the end of this keynote, your audience will have a clear picture of the processes and behaviours that not only develop a Growth Mindset but define the actions required to achieve growth.

Mindset Movers

In his compelling new work on Mindset Movers, James takes a practical look at how beliefs, actions and experiences interact to change students’ Mindsets. James will demonstrate how we can use this understanding to maximise the impact of the Growth Mindset initiatives in our schools.

Throughout this keynote, James challenges the audience to think differently about how they view their students’ abilities and performance, and how they assess them. 

James will speak about:

  • The need to move beyond social media to develop a more in-depth and current understanding of Carol Dweck’s critical work on Mindset.
  • The Mindset Continuum and the pedagogical tools that can shift people towards a more growth-oriented Mindset.
  • The common myths about talent, introducing the Five Truths about Talent.
  • Assessment strategies that focus on the learning process and student growth.
  • The concept of Motivation Calibration and how it is an excellent indicator of student performance.
  • How we can improve the way we praise effort.

At the end of this keynote, your audience will have a fresh perspective on Growth Mindset.  They will be compelled to reflect on their own practice and have a new understanding of how they can make an enduring difference to student growth and performance.

Succeeding with Habits of Mind

James has more than 20 years’ experience working with the Habits of Mind in his own classroom and as an international affiliate director for the Institute for Habits of Mind. He knows what works – and what doesn’t.

In this keynote, James cuts through the noise to explore the tools needed to make profound changes to student learning outcomes.

 James will speak about:

  • Strategies and activities that introduce students to the Habits of Mind.
  • The need to make the shift from “using” the Habits of Mind to “improving” students’ Habits of Mind.
  • Why we need to get real about how the Habits of Mind improve learning outcomes
  • Where the Habits “fit” in the curriculum.
  • The key lessons for a successful whole-school approach to the Habits of Mind.

At the end of this keynote, your audience will have a clear understanding of how the Habits of Mind are bigger than an initiative and need to become an integral part of school culture.

Customise a keynote to suit your event

Do you need something different for your event?

As a Certified Speaking Professional, James can work with you to develop a presentation tailored to the needs of your event and audience.

With more than 20 years’ experience delivering keynotes, James has a reputation as a leading expert in Growth Mindsets, Habits of Mind and Learning Agility. He can create a captivating keynote that will inspire and motivate your audience.

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