growth mindset

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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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 | 24 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 | 21 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 | 16 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 | 26 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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Beyond Talent and Smarts: Why Even Geniuses Struggle

Beyond Talent and Smarts: Why Even Geniuses Struggle

| November 23, 2012 | 12 Comments

Flickr:Bunchesandbits “The struggle with writing is over.” That message, written on a Post-It note and affixed to his computer, brings the novelist Philip Roth great relief and contentment these days, according to a profile published earlier this week in the New York Times. At the age of 79, the author of more than 31 acclaimed […]

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Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

| November 15, 2012 | 60 Comments

In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach.

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