How exactly should teachers and parents be praising children?
A recently resurfaced study offers educators and parents important guidance for motivating students facing a new school year.
Praising children for their abilities can actually undermine their motivation and performance, according to psychologists Claudia Mueller and Carol Dweck. Conversely, praising a child for their effort helps motivate them to achieve.
“I've worked with many dedicated teachers and, to a person, they would endorse Mueller and Dweck's conclusions,” David Hansen, philosophy and education program director at Columbia University’s Teachers College, told Canadian Affairs.
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