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The Importance of Thoughtful Praise

growth mindsetSince reading Mindset by Carol Dweck many years ago, we talk often with our students and their parents about the importance of a growth mindset – the “belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.” In her book, Dweck talks about how students with a growth mindset are motivated by challenging tasks, will persist in their efforts to work through them, and will learn from that effort.

There are many ways we can help students develop a growth mindset. One way is to praise effort rather than ability. Instead of saying to a child, “You’re so smart!” we’d do better to say, “The time you put into making and reviewing that study guide really paid off!”

Research at The University of Chicago supports Dweck’s take on praise. “In the new study, scholars found that the percentage of process praise parents used when their children were one to three years old significantly predicted whether children welcomed challenges, had strategies for overcoming failure, and thought intelligence and personality were malleable five years later.” 

We’re excited about this additional research and to know that it’s never too early or late to help children love learning!

Do you want to help your child develop a growth mindset?  Contact us to learn more about our Mindset curriculum!