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Learning should not be restricted to books

Stressing the need for students to achieve ‘real’ success in life, Vasant Valley School principal Rekha Krishnan  said that children should be able to learn and unlearn. She added that physical, social and emotional needs of a child should also be fostered by schools. “Talking about the big test for…

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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…

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Grit to Great

It was New Year around the corner and the air rang of ‘let-your-hair-down’ in the holiday season. It was at such a time that I got talking to a long-lost friend who had moved a couple of years ago. I remembered that she was particularly worried about her son who…

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Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

The Science Behind Mistakes: Telling students they need to take advantage of the feedback they get isn’t just good advice — it’s established science. In the last few decades, researchers have discovered a lot about how people become experts. The main idea, made popular by everyone from author Malcolm Gladwell…

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The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they’ve never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy. What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers?

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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…