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Developing a Mindset for Learning May Be Job 1 for Parents

At a moment when our dispositions toward learning may be as (if not more) important than the amount of knowledge we carry in our brains (see this week’s post on testing,) Stanford professor and author Carol Dweck says future greatness in our kids begins with how we talk to them about their work, both in school and out. Talent isn’t fixed, and the more all of us believe that we are able to grow and learn and take on new challenges with confidence, the better off we are.


  1. Jim Crimella says:

    While reading Dweck’s article I remembered how I gave feedback all the time in that manner to my students. I always made it about the project/assignment not the individual person. However, with my own son I know my predominant praise is You’re so smart. He often says “I can’t do it” to something and I’m constantly reminding him that he just needs to keep trying and he’ll get it. But, now I wonder if the standard You’re so smart praise is causing him to give up on other, new/harder, tasks. Will consciously make an effort to try a more flexible, object centered, praise approach with him and we’ll see if over time his perseverance grows. Good post!

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