growth mindset

Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners

Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners

| December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Understanding what struggle can do for the brain can help learners, explains Stanford professor Carol Dweck.

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What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

| December 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

Connecting with people through sincere positive beliefs can influence the brain and open it up for learning possibilities.

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The Thrill of Converting Math-Haters Into Appreciators Through Inquiry

The Thrill of Converting Math-Haters Into Appreciators Through Inquiry

| October 28, 2014 | 2 Comments

Teaching math as intellectual discipline and a creative endeavor could help a generation of students learn to love numbers.

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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 | 21 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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New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed

| July 16, 2014 | 26 Comments

New research from Stanford is helping to build the case that nurturing a “growth mindset” can help many kids understand their true potential.

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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

| March 28, 2014 | 28 Comments

Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?

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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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The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits

The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

People can develop their characters with a little bit of attention to their innate positive qualities and staying attuned to those of others.

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2013 Big Ideas in Education

2013 Big Ideas in Education

| December 18, 2013 | 27 Comments

A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

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Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence

| June 10, 2013 | 11 Comments

The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people. Things like our perception of “smart,” relationships between students and educators, sleep, and use of technology can have profound effects on intelligence.

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