grit

Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

| October 8, 2014

In Age of Opportunity, psychologist Larry Steinberg applies neuroscience to risk-taking, peer influence, the boredom of high school and other adolescent conundrums.

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

| September 15, 2014 | 30 Comments

Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how “academic diligence” features in later life success.

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

| August 18, 2014 | 19 Comments

Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.

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What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets

What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets

| March 25, 2014 | 18 Comments

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s work on growth mindsets has dominated much of the attention around how students can influence their own learning. But there are other ways to help students tap into their own motivation, too. Here are a few other important mindsets to consider.

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Can Focus On ‘Grit’ Work In School Cultures That Reward Grades?

Can Focus On ‘Grit’ Work In School Cultures That Reward Grades?

| March 17, 2014

Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can “grit” actually be taught?

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Far Beyond Test Scores, What We (Should) Value In Students

Far Beyond Test Scores, What We (Should) Value In Students

| January 25, 2014 | 22 Comments

From Jackie Gerstein’s resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we’d like to instill in our students. The post also includes a long, helpful list of resources for everything from how to help students develop hope, to encouraging empathy and social and emotional skills, to how to foster grit, tenacity and perseverance: an educator’s guide.

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

| October 14, 2013 | 46 Comments

Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe experiments, like game-based learning, have turned into real trends, and have gradually made their way into many (though certainly not most) classrooms.

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Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick

Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick

| April 24, 2013 | 127 Comments

Carol Dweck’s research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can’t change.

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How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide

How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide

| February 20, 2013 | 18 Comments

How can we best prepare children and adolescents to thrive in the 21st century? This question is at the heart of what every educator attempts to do on a daily basis. Apart from imparting content of knowledge and facts, however, it’s becoming clear that the “noncognitive competencies” known as grit, perseverance, and tenacity are just […]

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How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

| February 15, 2013 | 21 Comments

Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in children, an attribute they’ll need in order to become happy, productive adults. That’s Kenneth Ginsburg’s thesis and the core of his book Building Resilience in Children and Teens. Ginsburg, a pediatrician […]

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