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The Heart of Character Building

  We live in a troubled world. A random glance at the newspapers will only confirm that there are many things about our modern society that we need to be concerned about. Crime is on the rise. Divisive thinking is widespread. A basic civic sense is often missing. Tolerance of…

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How Can Teachers Develop Students’ Motivation…and Success?

Excerpt: Carol S. Dweck is a leader in the field of motivation, personality, and developmental psychology, and her research contributions have been widely recognized. Her book, Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development. Question: Some students are mastery-oriented; they readily seek challenges and pour effort into them. Others are…

Carol Dweck: Mindset

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea–the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes…

Growing Minds: Salman Khan

Growing Your Mind

Your mental abilities are not fixed. Sal explains how your brain grows when you struggle with problems.

Growth Mindset: Carol Dweck

The Growth Mindset

You can Learn anything. Sal talks with Stanford Professor Carol Dweck about her research on the Growth Mindset.

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The Thinking Teacher

When we genuinely help our teachers develop into being better thinkers we help our children to become better thinkers too. For teachers in primary or secondary schools who want to think deeply and question the way they do things.

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have…

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The Value of Play-I: The Definition of Play Gives Insights

Most of this essay is about the defining characteristics of play, but before listing them there are three general points that I think are worth keeping in mind. The first point is that the characteristics of play all have to do with motivation and mental attitude, not with the overt…