Grit

Watch Growth Minded Middle School-ers in Action!

teenage students in a classroom

From Mindset Works, the story of middle school Music Director Julie Ahlorn who puts the concept of a growth mindset into actions.  The story says: “At the beginning of the year I tell students I am going to give them a gift. I give them a written theory assessment and sight-reading playing test. I give…

Researchers urge caution in using measures of students’ ‘non-cognitive’ skills for teacher evaluation

Measurement matters

From Phys.org, Angela Duckworth and David Scott Yeager urge caution in using current measurement criteria for evaluating programs and policies.  This article reports: “Policymakers and practitioners have grown increasingly interested in measures of personal qualities other than cognitive ability—including self-control, grit, growth mindset, gratitude, purpose, emotional intelligence, and other beneficial personal qualities—that lead to student…

Beyond Talent and Smarts: Why Even Geniuses Struggle

boy practicing the piano

From KWED News, Annie Murphy Paul writes about the debate between practice and natural ability.  Annie writes: “Americans have a complicated relationship with this kind of relentless striving. We extol the virtues of hard work even as we idolize the “natural,” the star who effortlessly achieves, who wins the race without breaking a sweat. The writer…

How to get kids to take academic risks

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From the Washington Post, Valerie Strauss shares the 6th in a series of essays about letting students struggle in class.  She shares the essay by Valerie May who talks about her biology class in relation to Carol Dweck’s growth mindset.  She writes: “The power of Dweck’s theory lies in a teacher’s ability to help students shift…

Growth Mindset – More Evidence

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Alex Quigley discusses recent studies that add to the knowledge about interventions to teach students about a growth mindset and provide guidance for future efforts.  Alex discusses recent research from the University of Portsmouth and says: “There were some positive findings of two months gain in learning relative to those students who didn’t receive the growth…

Lessons from my dad

Roland Jerrold Gibson or R. Jerrold Gibson or Jerry Gibson

I learned a lot from my dad, Jerry Gibson, and on Father’s Day, I think about some of the advice and life lessons that I learned from him. If it gets worse, you’ll find it; if it goes away, it wasn’t anything to  worry about anyway.  When I was in my early teens, my dad…

No quick fix for pupils with a fixed mindset about their own intelligence

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From The Conversation, Heather Rolfe discusses a study which looked at the effect of classroom interventions teaching the concept of a growth mindset over the course of year.  Heather reports that they found no statistically significant impact of the interventions.  Yet she remains optimistic about the potential for growth mindset interventions.  Heather writes: “The findings might…

Cultivating Grit

Rebecca Parker

Rebecca Parker discusses ways in which you can cultivate Grit.  Rebecca writes:   Goals that require consistent application of effort over a long period of time – especially when the finish line is ambiguous or unknown – frequently go unaccomplished because most people lose steam, give up, or get distracted. Long-term goals require motivation, passion,…

Do Growth Mindsets Spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S for National Spelling Bee Competitors?

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From Education Week, Evie Blad writes questions whether growth mindsets led to success in the National Spelling Bee.  Evie writes: “The concept I’m referring to is called growth mindset, popularized by Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck. Here’s how Dweck describes the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset: “In a fixed mindset, people…

Why a Growth Mindset is Essential for Learning

student doing homework on dining room table

From One Month, Sarah Peck writes about why having a growth mindset is a key to learning. Having a growth mindset means that you believe that you can change by working on what you want to change.  Sarah writes: “Three ways a growth mindset shows up in learning: Once you know the difference between a…