Grit, Initiative, Creative Problem Solving

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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

Carol Dweck: ‘The whole idea of growth mindset is to say yes they can’

From tes, Kaye Wiggins shares Carol Dweck's comments on how teachers should be using the concept of a growth mindset.  She writes: "“Teachers used to say, ‘Here’s a student who’s not very clever, they can’t really learn’,” she says. “The whole idea [of the growth mindset] was to say, ‘No, they can’. They can gain [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:13-04:00July 22nd, 2015|Grit|6 Comments

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

From, 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 [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:15-04:00July 15th, 2015|Grit|3 Comments

Beyond Talent and Smarts: Why Even Geniuses Struggle

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 [...]

By |2018-07-08T10:49:19-04:00July 8th, 2015|Grit|5 Comments

How to get kids to take academic risks

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 [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:17-04:00July 1st, 2015|Grit|3 Comments

Growth Mindset – More Evidence

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 [...]

By |2019-06-22T15:47:57-04:00June 24th, 2015|Grit|2 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:21-04:00June 17th, 2015|Grit|0 Comments

Cultivating Grit

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, [...]

By |2015-10-10T20:57:22-04:00June 10th, 2015|Grit|2 Comments