Why Academic Tenacity Matters 86 14Share Synopsis For academic achievement, ability is not enough. What’s also needed are mindsets and strategies for overcoming obstacles, staying on task, and learning and growing over the long-term. For academic achievement, ability is not enough. Academically tenacious students: Feel as though they belong in school, academically and socially. The good news about academic tenacity is that it can be developed, and a number of interventions exist. Here’s a list of some empirically valid interventions to increase academic tenacity: Changing mindsets. See: Increasing school identification. Increasing self-regulation. © 2014 Scott Barry Kaufman, All Rights Reserved. For more on interventions to boost academic tenacity, as well ways to integrate these interventions with ongoing curricula, see: Academic Tenacity: Mindsets and Skills that Promote Long-Term Learning. This article originally appeared at Scientific American.
Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing It's the first writing conference, four weeks into the year, with this blond senior. He stiffly leans back from me as far as the metal desk will allow, exuding cynicism, too cool for meeting with teachers about his writing. I can see he doesn't trust me yet or know why we conference, and he's afraid. He says, "So, what is this meeting about then?" And we begin. The Power of Teacher Enthusiasm Conferencing and portfolios work for me. But I wish the research would point to these systems as consistent and universal means of student growth. Then, two years ago, I read Daniel Pink's Drive and Carol Dweck's Mindset, and I realized that a system of portfolios and conferences was not enough to change student engagement on its own. Intrinsic Motivation Pink’s Drive argues that employees -- and students -- after their basic needs are met, are motivated by autonomy, purpose, and mastery. But sometimes, I also got it right. Growth Mindset The Payoff: Engagement and Ownership
Self-Control, Grit & All That Stuff Regular readers know that I’m a big advocate of teaching Social Emotional Learning skills in the classroom (see The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources), but that I also am wary of how it is being viewed by some as almost a cure-all (see my Washington Post piece, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning). There have recently been some interesting articles and research about the topic that I thought readers might want to know about… The MindShift blog writes about a new study by “grit” researcher Angela Duckworth that has tried to update the famous self-control marshmallow experiment for the digital age. She calls it a “diligence test” and you can read about it at Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age. You can see a demo of the online test here, though it won’t make much sense until you read the MindShift post. And, speaking of The Marshmallow Test, The New York Times has published an article about its originator, Dr. Related
25 Of The Most Dangerous And Unusual Journeys To School In The World To the delight (or dismay) of millions, the school season is beginning in many countries throughout the world. But it’s important not to forget that, in some parts of the world, school can be a hard-won luxury. Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted. According to UNESCO, progress in connecting children to schools has slowed down over the past five years. The solution might seem easy: build roads and bridges, buy buses and hire a driver. (h/t: amusingplanet) 5-Hour Journey Into The Mountains On A 1ft Wide Path To Probably The Most Remote School In The World, Gulu, China Thanks for sharing! 3x per week 30,000,000+ monthly readers Error sending email Image credits: Sipa Press Schoolchildren Climbing On Unsecured Wooden Ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China Image credits: Imaginachina/Rex Features Image credits: Timothy Allen Image credits: Christoph Otto