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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…

What keeps students motivated to learn

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

A panel of seven students attending schools that are part of the “deeper learning” movement gave their perspective on what it means for them to learn and how educators can work to create a school culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, trust, the ability to fail, and perhaps most importantly, one…

You can enjoy hard things

You Can Enjoy Hard Things

I began my research by asking my son, “What inspires you to keep working, even when the work is difficult?” His quick reply was, “I keep working by choosing the most challenging thing I’ve had a lesson on.

Easy as Pi

Easy as Pi

I asked this group of well-educated professionals what they remembered from their own education about pi. Someone responded, “3.14159.” “You’re right,” I said, “that is the value of pi, but does anyone remember what pi means?”

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How Schools Kill Creativity

Being wrong is the new right. “We don’t grow into creativity, rather, we grow out of it.”

The value of play

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…