About James Anderson


James first became interested in how to teach students to become better thinkers as a classroom teacher in the late ‘90s. Later, as a school leader, he spearheaded a national research project focused on infusing Art Costa and Bena Kallick’s Habits of Mind into schools and classrooms.

The key finding of this project was that the Habits of Mind were only part of the solution. To see improvements in student learning outcomes, James discovered it was crucial to accompany the Habits of Mind with the development of a Growth Mindset.

James is now passionate about supporting schools and teachers to enable students to thrive in a rapidly changing, increasingly complex and highly challenging world. His learning has taken him beyond thinking skills and Mindsets to the concept of the Agile Leaner – someone who not only understands they are capable of learning to behave more intelligently, but who knows how to go about achieving it!

The foundation of James’s work is the Growth Mindset. James takes teachers beyond simple social media catchphrases to create a teaching framework that develops robust and enduring Growth Mindsets in the classroom. By challenging teachers’ own Mindsets, he equips them to nurture Growth Mindsets in their students.

James skillfully unites the Habits of Mind, Anders Ericsson’s critical work on practice and Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset. In doing so, he creates a powerful combination that increases student efficacy and achieves greater learning outcomes through the development of Learning Agility.

James believes it will be human intelligence that will be the most valuable commodity in the future. Futurists predict a world that will be dominated by artificial intelligence – machines that will do our high-level thinking for us. But it’s not computers we need to develop; it’s the minds of our children. James gives teachers the pedagogy that enables their students to develop their human intelligence.

Having worked in classrooms and with schools for more than two decades, James knows that the students of today face problems fundamentally different to those of the past. Problems such as climate change, population growth and the depletion of natural resources are more global in their scope, more severe in their consequences, and more immediate in their nature. James firmly believes solving these problems requires today’s students to become smarter than the students of the past.

We don’t just need better thinkers – we need more agile thinkers. We need to teach students what to do when they don’t know what to do. We need to help them recognize that they can’t solve the problems they face with their existing skills and abilities. And we need to ensure they know how to improve their skills and abilities through Learning Agility. In doing so, we increase human intelligence. James shows you how to do this!

James Anderson regularly speaks at conferences around Australia and overseas. He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). As an author, he has published Succeeding with Habits of Mind and The Agile Learner, as well as numerous e-books. He has published with Art Costa and Bena Kallick Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind and Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum. His regular blogs are also read by thousands of educators around the world. James is certified by Mindset Works as a Growth Mindset trainer and is an affiliate director of the Institute for Habits of Mind. You can find out more about James and the services he offers at www.jamesanderson.com.au




Site Based Learning

James Anderson regularly provides site based learning to schools throughout Australia, and around the world. All training can be tailored to meet your school’s individual learning needs based on your experience and goals for Habits of Mind. Training can be conducted to whole school groups or to targeted groups of teachers. Training can also be offered during or outside school hours.

James offers part, full and multi-day workshops and presentations on all aspects of the Habits of Mind. Use the button below to contact James to discuss the best learning solution for your school’s staff.

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Virtual Training & Consultancy

Where it is impractical to conduct face-to-face workshops James Anderson is able to offer highly engaging and flexible online learning solutions.

All learning can be tailored to your schools individual learning needs and can be conducted as a powerful combination of live webinar presentations combined with online recorded course material.

If you’re trying to work out the best way to introduce Habits of Mind to your whole staff, let James coach you in best practice, provide you with the resources you’ll need, complement your work with live webinars and online lessons and answer all your questions along the way.

This powerful option allows you to build an ongoing mentor relationship between James and your team.

Use the button below to contact James to inquire about support, coaching and virtual training options to suit your school.

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