growth mindset

teaching kids not to give up

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Kids and Motivation Do you have a student who gives up easily? Is her philosophy that if she can’t succeed right away, then there’s no point in trying? Does he always anticipate failure when faced with an obstacle? We all face challenges and difficulty from time to time. What makes the difference between someone who…

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How to help kids feel good about themselves

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Kids and Self-esteem Back in the day when I was a kid, (which I admit was long, long ago), no one worried about kids developing self-esteem.  I’m not even sure the concept of self-esteem existed.  What did parents worry about?  Well, other normal stuff; kids behaving, kids being successful in school, kids getting along with…

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What If You Embrace the Difficulty?

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Accepting limitations Every one has some sort of limitation in life.  For some this may be an actual physical disability, for others it is more subtle.  Some children have difficulty with math, or reading or social skills.  It is a rare child who excels in every area. Often as adults in children’s lives we either try…

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how to teach kids not to give up

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Use Brain Science to Teach Kids Not to Give Up Brain science has dramatically changed how we think about the brain.  While much of the research has been applied to helping children learn better in an academic setting, growth mindset research has also taught us how to help children develop high self-esteem while at the…

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Motivating Students

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset At a recent elementary school training, a teacher began asking me about strategies for a student who has no motivation.  He refuses to do any work at all and she has tried numerous strategies already.  “I’ve tried everything and nothing works,” she said.  As a school counselor for 20 years, I…

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