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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 [...]

By |2015-10-31T14:11:34-04:00November 11th, 2015|Grit|0 Comments

The Power of belief — mindset and success

Eduardo Briceno discusses the power of a growth mindset in this TedxTalk The way we understand our intelligence and abilities deeply impacts our success. Based on social science research and real life examples, Eduardo Briceño articulates how mindset, or the understanding of intelligence and abilities, is key. When students or adults see their abilities as [...]

By |2019-12-10T08:08:40-05:00November 4th, 2015|Creative Problem Solving|0 Comments

Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’

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 [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:03-04:00October 7th, 2015|Grit|0 Comments

Every mistake a learning opportunity

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 [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:04-04:00September 30th, 2015|Grit|0 Comments

Creative Problem Solving – the Osborn-Parnes model

Aleksandra Kovachevic Aleksandra Kovachevic provides a description of the process for creative problem solving developed by Dr. Sidney J. Parnes and Alex Osborn. Creative problem solving When confronted with an obstacle in life, whether business or personal, people either bang their head against the wall if the solution isn’t blatantly obvious, or they [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:06-04:00September 23rd, 2015|Creative Problem Solving|0 Comments

Making your kid play organized sports could cost them their creativity

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 [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:09-04:00August 12th, 2015|Grit|3 Comments

Watch Growth Minded Middle School-ers in Action!

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 [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:12-04:00July 29th, 2015|Grit|6 Comments