The Learning Myth
Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart

Heather Figi said: Sep 11, 2014
Heather FigiViolin
Eugene, OR
97 posts

“Praising someone’s process (“I really like how you struggled with that problem”) versus praising an innate trait or talent (“You’re so clever!”) is one way to reinforce a growth ­mindset with someone. Process­ praise acknowledges the effort; talent­ praise reinforces the notion that one only succeeds (or doesn’t) based on a fixed trait.”


Sal Khan’s blog post this morning contains new and encouraging data on the malleability and importance of mindsets. So much of what we do in aiming to develop the overall child is helping them develop a template for success. I encourage parents and teachers to view this article for new and encouraging data on attitudes and what is coined “growth mindset.”

The Kahn academy is a free online university with a vast amount of sequential teaching videos. I use their videos all the time for my coursework in math, biology and anatomy. In fact, after experiencing how effective these videos were in my own learning, I set up my own violin teaching videos on youtube and have been very pleased with the support this has provided my studio.

Best wishes with your new school year!

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