Monday, January 7, 2013

Start the year off with a Growth Mindset

The WSJ recently published the result of a German study which found that intelligence was not a factor in achievement. Although intelligence counts at the outset it’s a matter of motivation and study skills that bring growth.

The best learning environments are predicated on motivation and skills.

Here are some growth mindset principles:
~ Most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.

~ Being mastery-oriented is about having the right mind-set. It is not about proving how smart you are

~ Emphasizing effort gives a child a variable that they can control

~ Intelligence is not a static state. Intelligence is something you acquire and can be developed.

The brain is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. Giving the brain a harder workout is akin to making the brain smarter. Simply put, learning helps you become smarter. 

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