Hawker Brownlow Education


James Anderson


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.

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 Learner – someone who not only understands they are
capable of learning to behave more intelligently, but who knows how to go about
achieving it!

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 skilfully 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.

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

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.

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 recognise
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!

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 in 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