I was reminded today of the importance of giving the right kind of praise to learners – especially young learners. Telling a learner they are good at something is just as bad as telling them they are not good – both reinforce what Professor Carol Dweck calls the ‘fixed mindset’.
I think this is one of the most important lessons for parents and teachers. Carol Dweck’s research on this is counter-intuitive. Every parent wants to be positive and give praise, we just need to be careful to give the right kind of praise – the kind that promotes the learning or ‘growth mindset’.
If you are a teacher, a parent or a grandparent and you haven’t already read ‘Mindset‘ then you should make it top of your list.