Grit

Advice for my daughter

Nate and Annie October 2014

About 15 years ago, my sister sent me an email with a humorous list of children’s books that never made it.  The list included book titles like “You’re Different and That’s Bad,” “Games You Can Play in an Old Refrigerator,” and “Daddy Drinks Because You Cry.”  My favorite title among these humorous titles was “Strangers…

Why attitude is more important than intelligence?

Two mindsets by Carol Dweck

From Performance Magazine, Cezarina Barbieru discusses the importance of having a growth mindset and positive attitude.  She recommends strategies for developing a growth mindset.  Cezarina writes: Following the below-mentioned strategies, one could improve or develop the right mentality and a growth mindset: Be passionate. People who are not as naturally talented as others can make up in…

Online ‘mindset’ interventions help students do better in school, Stanford research shows

From Standford News, Clifton B. Parker reports on a new study that indicates that online interventions that help develop a growth mindset and sense of purpose can help struggling students improve.  Parker discusses research that suggests brief online interventions can have significant effect.  He writes: In their study, the researchers explored the impact of two…

Growth Mindset Parenting

mother reading to and laughing with her son

From Getting Smart, Eduardo Briceno provides excellent advice for parents who want to help their children develop a growth mindset.  He writes: We’ll be more successful in developing a growth mindset in our children if we also work to develop it in ourselves, which is never too late to do.  How can we do so?…

Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’

ow to encourage students

From Education Week, Carol Dweck revisits the concept of a growth mindset, discusses how it should be used and cautions about some misuses of the concept.  Carol writes: A growth mindset isn’t just about effort.Perhaps the most common misconception is simply equating the growth mindset with effort. Certainly, effort is key for students’ achievement, but…

Every mistake a learning opportunity

child in a puddle

From the Prince George Citizen, Gerry Chidiac discusses the importance of making mistakes in the process of learning.  I was particularly taken by the point that a baby learning to walk falls frequently but keeps getting up and trying again.  Gerry writes: “According to Napoleon Hill, “One of the tricks of opportunity, (is that) it…

How to Get Good at Everything

hank green

From the vlogbrothers, Hank Green presents an amusing and insightful explanation of the growth mindset.   Related posts: Grit – the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward long term goals. I don’t remember when I started being a fan of Angela Duckworth and her research on grit.  I know it was a long time ago.…

Making your kid play organized sports could cost them their creativity

young girls practicing soccer

From Quartz, Matthew Bowers discusses a study which examined the relationship between childhood leisure hours and creativity as an adult and found that playing informal sports significantly related to creativity while time spent playing organized sports was negatively related to creativity.  Matthew writes: “Perhaps the single-most intriguing finding from our analysis was the fact that those…

The Power Within

coaching diagram

From The Power Within, John Marshall discusses a growth mindset and its importance for coaches.  He shares some of the most powerful studies conducted by Carol Dweck.  John writes: “As part Dweck’s extensive research she carried out two simple experiments on the topic of mindset, both of the studies have great relevance to coaching and…

The Parents Guide to Grit

image of tortoise and hare

We’ve all heard or read “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The hare and tortoise race, and the tortoise wins because the hare, although much faster, gets cocky and takes a nap. He wakes up just in time to watch the tortoise cross the finish line. This may have been the first literary example of grit…