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By Brandi L. Spencer
A few weeks ago, I had the extreme pleasure of attending a workshop whose keynote speaker was Stanford psychologist, author, and speaker, Carol Dweck. Dweck was speak to an audience of new teachers, days away from embarking on a career in education. As she began, I realized that she was the author one of the most impactful pieces of educational literature that I have ever come across, The Perils and Promise of Praise is an insightful article that discusses and analyzes the effects of praising students for behavioral qualities vs. inherent qualities such as intelligence and IQ.
I believe that this article and its recommendations touch on many of the issues that plague our current educational system. In my experiences working with gifted and talented middle school students I have found that many students, while having the mental ability, lack the mental stamina to succeed at complex and rigorous tasks. Dweck’s article discussed that students should be praised for effort and staying the course when the going gets tough. This will in turn assist students in building stamina and understanding that failure is only a temporary setback on the road to success.
I recommend this article because it’s concept can be applied at a classroom level immediately. By simply monitoring and tweaking the way how we interact with students, we can prepare them for success.
Read the “The Perils and Promises of Praise” and share your thoughts, reflections, and wonderings about the article in the comment section below.
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