Here is a NY magazine article on Carol Dweck’s decades of research on the power of praise and feedback.
Her mantra is ‘praise effort, not intelligence’ which is linked to either a FIXED (natural talent) or GROWTH (if I work hard I can improve) mindset . Here’s a little visual to give you more of an understanding:
It is a very simple idea that can have a massive effect on student success in the classroom, on the playing field and life in general! I think these findings should be shared explicitly with all parents & students at the earliest possible opportunity!
So, let’s make it our resolution to start the 2012 academic year with a growth mindset and transfer this mindset onto our students to help us all improve together.