Effort vs. Ability

Sometimes in Kindergarten a student will come to me and say “I can’t…”

My response has always been the same:  In Kindergarten we don’t say “I can’t…”

We say “I’ll try.”

There is now a growing body of research that supports this.

And if you, at home, can change one or two words when giving feedback to your children, you will have given them a great advantage in life.

This is a very short video about the proper use of praise:

(Here’s a link to the article: http://brainrules.blogspot.com/2010/10/1-mistake-parents-make-with-praise.html

This is a good summary of the research being done by Carol Dweck at Stanford about the growth mindset.  That’s the kind of thinking that leads to resilience.  It’s one of the videos that we used at our Teacher Leader Institute last week.


Finally, here’s a link to an article:  http://nymag.com/news/features/27840/
(Thanks to my niece, who’s also a teacher.)


One Response to “Effort vs. Ability”

  1. Week Twenty -Seven | Happenings Says:

    […] another note, here’s an interesting article about praise. Thanks to Mr. Wanberg for […]

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