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There's an interesting study

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There's an interesting study Blackwell, Trzesniewski and Dweck (2007) that actually taught 7th graders that intelligence isn't fixed but malleable. The ones that were taught that intelligence isn't fixed had more positive attitudes and stopped a downward trend in grades.
The link to the article is here:
The materials they used (or something very similar) is here:

It's a simple lesson that could be incorporated into a lot of middle school classrooms.

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Middle School teachers seeking additional information about the brains of their students should start their search with “Executive Functioning.” While executive function (or dysfunction) is often a topic more associated with educational disabilities, the developing brain of a typical middle schooler is just bringing its EF skills “online” and supporting EF and its further development will only help your students to become more confident and independent learners. The National Center for Learning Disabilities has a wonderful (and free!) guide to EF on its website( titled “Executive Function 101”. One of the most important concepts to keep in mind is that for a middle school student, you can have new and rigorous content, or you can have high EF demands, but you will never yield great results when you try to have both simultaneously.

Well written article. I

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Well written article. I would also add that middle-school is one of the more important periods in a child's life where parents need to keep communicating with teachers more often than sometimes. Parents also need to regularly talk to kids about their school life and listen to what they have to say in a welcoming setting. When kids (especially middle-schoolers) know that their parents are there for them they tend to talk if they need to kids an out to talk if they need to. Middle-schoolers face the challenging road through adolescence and strong parental involvement in middle-school years will develop stronger and confident adults.

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I just want to highlight this

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I just want to highlight this section:

"Anything you can do to help a 'tween feel more secure in their abilities and possibilities will potentially improve their achievement in your classroom. Anything you can do to make a 'tween feel more in control becomes a powerful tool for you and for them."

It seems to me that this is true across the age spectrum. At the same time, I can also see how the tween identity can be so precarious that the above becomes especially important.

Great article--I can't wait to read the next two parts!

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