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Creative Work: Teaching and Learning

Katherine Meeks | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Katherine Meeks

Optimism. Grit. Perseverance. Mindset. Volumes of educational rhetoric revolve around these ideas. Sure, I intentionally spend time teaching my visual...

Solving America's Crisis of Academic Motivation

Kent Pekel | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Kent Pekel

This new emphasis on student motivation is a very good thing. It is helping reduce the fever that gripped the country during the worst days of the standardized testing movement, when we deluded ourselves into thinking that if we just raised academic standards, America's most struggling students would respond with the increased effort required to meet them.

Does Your Workplace Have a Growth Mindset?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

If your workplace is like most, chances are it's the results that matter most. After all the ability to successfully deliver outcomes -- be it growth and profit, student results or community benefits -- is the point of nearly every organization.

Story: Momentum + Mindset = Achievement

Jen Grisanti | Posted 09.23.2015 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

One of the most important ingredients of a successful story is momentum. When you mix momentum with mindset, you root for the achievement of the goal.

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.14.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

One of the biggest sources of that doubt about women's abilities comes from women themselves. The next time you shy away from a promotion or an opportunity in favor of sticking with what you know or what you've been told you're good at, reconsider. Knowing what works can be comfortable. It can also be an easy way to go nowhere.

Using the Wisdom of Educators

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Millions of educators have figured out important things about what and how to teach under different kinds of conditions -- but no system exists for them to contribute their bit of knowledge to the larger field in ways that help them and their colleagues get smarter and better.

How Constant Praise May Be Damaging Our Grandchildren

Donne Davis | Posted 06.15.2015 | Fifty
Donne Davis

Over the past three generations, theories about self-esteem have dramatically changed. Now the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction and it turns out my grandparents may have been on to something. There is mounting evidence that constant praise may be damaging our grandchildren.

Management 2.0: Coaching Employees In The New Economy

David Hassell | Posted 05.16.2015 | Business
David Hassell

Today's best managers believe that their employees are more than just fixed assets. They have shifted away from the role of commanding boss to supportive coach, by creating space for employees to live great lives and do great work.

How to Help Students Develop the Growth Mindset With #20time

Mark W. Guay | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Mark W. Guay

What students decide to create cannot be graded. No ifs, ands or buts. By not applying a grade to it, students are allowed to fail. They learn the power of failing forward

5 Easy Homework Strategies in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.

5 Ways To Relieve Homework Stress in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

There are some techniques parents can use that encourage learning. Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.

Grit to Great

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

In the long run, "grit" is simply a combination of two primary traits -- positive self-worth and optimism/hopefulness

Out of the Woods: The Tale You Tell in 2015

Mim Abbey | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Mim Abbey

I had dinner with an actor friend last week who told me he'd just blown a big audition because he psyched himself out. Before the audition, he saw ano...

Make 2015 the Year You Become More Resilient

Kare Anderson | Posted 03.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kare Anderson

Helicopter parenting and micro-managing leadership both move us towards learned helplessness and away from resilience. Truly caring for others means w...

If We Support Our Children's Passions Are We Missing the Mark?

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

How can our children learn to handle these challenges if we constantly protect them, solve their problems, and always focus on their happiness and finding their passion?

How To Criticize Your Kids Without Ruining Their Self-Esteem

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

The best praise is focused on a child's effort, not the child's traits, as I wrote in "Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Give Up." The same is true of criticism.

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.16.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Kids with a fixed mindset believe that you are stuck with however much intelligence you're born with. When they fail, these kids feel trapped. They start thinking they must not be as talented or smart as everyone's been telling them. They avoid challenges, fearful that they won't look smart.

Engineers Are Not Smart

Vicki May | Posted 09.21.2014 | College
Vicki May

Of course I want 'smart' students in my classes but not necessarily the ones who can memorize facts, pass tests, and regurgitate information. I want students who are willing to think critically, try new things, fail and learn from their mistakes.

Are the Beliefs of Female Leaders Undermining Their Success?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Michelle McQuaid

The general lack of confidence found in many women means a fixed mindset makes us particularly fragile when it comes to dealing with failure, setbacks and criticism.

Advice to College Graduates: Seek Out Mentors Who Will Tell You About Their Mistakes

Jessica Bacal | Posted 08.03.2014 | Women
Jessica Bacal

You're probably aware of the hand-wringing about young women and perfectionism. But you haven't heard enough about how the ability to persevere after making a mistake will be a key factor in forging the link between your triumphs at college and your future success at work.

'He's Not Motivated': How Can We Strengthen a Child's Effort and Motivation to Learn?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

To understand a child's lack of motivation, we need to return to first principles: Children, when they are not angry or discouraged, want to do well. They want to earn our praise and approval, and they want us to be proud of them. Children may say that they don't care, but they do care.

To Test or Not to Test?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

I recently received an e-mail from a reader who raised a question that haunts a lot of teachers and parents: Does testing harm kids?

How You Prove Yourself Right

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Do you believe you can become more talented if you work at it, or are you stuck with "just" your innate abilities? This is vital to consider, because ...

Mentoring: Unlocking Young People's Potential

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Building a relationship with a caring adult is the foundation for many great things. Kids who are at risk desperately need the sense of security that high-quality mentoring can offer. It's about fostering trust and opening up a young person's mind to possibility.

Should Parents Praise Their Children?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Children need praise, just as we all do. Especially, our children need to know that we are proud of them. A child's inner certainty that her parents are proud of her is a sustaining influence throughout her life -- a deep and lasting form of emotional support.