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Growth Mindset

Support students in believing that they can develop their talents and abilities through hard work, good strategies, and help from others.

  • Students sitting at their desks in a middle school classroom

    3 Steps to Developing an Asset-Based Approach to Teaching

    Through this approach, which focuses on students’ strengths, teachers can plan instruction that promotes a growth mindset.
    Angela Di Michele Lalor
  • Mother working with her two sons during distance learning

    The Science of Keeping Kids Engaged—Even From Home

    The upcoming school year will be filled with uncertainty, but the need to keep students engaged while working from home feels like a sure thing. Fortunately, there is a science of motivation.
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    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
  • An illustration concept of a women experiencing teaching burnout

    Curbing Teacher Burnout During the Pandemic

    Teachers are adapting to a host of exhausting new challenges during the coronavirus. We asked educators and other experts for strategies to help address this new form of burnout.
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    2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
  • Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace

    Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace

    Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.
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    Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

    To inspire intrinsic motivation in students, schools should focus on nurturing their sense of autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance.
  • Illustration representing a teen brain

    The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

    Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.
  • Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset

    Resources related to building the skills young people need to confront adversity, cope with challenges, and persevere to attain goals.
  • Photo of a frustrated teacher slumped in his chair.

    4 Powerful Mindsets for Turning Stress Into a Positive Force

    Kelly McGonigal—Stanford psychologist, award-winning teacher, and author of the book The Upside of Stress—shares ideas for avoiding burnout and boosting resilience.
  • A teenage girl sitting in front of a blackboard with math formulas written on it, looking thoughtful

    Encouraging Persistence in Math

    Weekly open-ended math tasks can pique students’ interest, leading them to take risks and develop a growth mindset.
  • 3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

    When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.
  • Young schoolboy works with his teacher at school

    Optimism Is a Learnable Skill

    Understanding the differences between pessimism and optimism can help students improve the way they respond to challenges.
  • Elementary students having a small group discussion in class

    Frameworks for Fostering the Skills Students Need for the Future

    Schools are developing rubrics to guide them in helping students develop social and emotional skills, creativity, and growth mindset.

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