The inverse power of praise

The inverse power of praise

This is not a new article, but courtesy of Doug Lemov who posted it to twitter I got to read it seven years later.  It has such huge implications for schools, referencing the research of Carol Dweck.  Some of the best classrooms I’ve ever been a part of were a product of structuring time around character development.  In short, praising the wrong qualities in kids creates dependency on that praise, and conditions a short attention span rather than the perseverance needed for most meaningful success.

Character education is an investment in children.  There are an increasing number of channels for students to subscribe to and develop their mindsets, but shouldn’t a school be the place that cultivates the right one?  What would a student seminar course on building a growth mindset look like?  Sign me up.

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