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Focus on effort (not grades, intelligence or ability)

The concept is not new – effort counts. However, as children, we didn’t think much of the effort factor. Getting an “A for effort” was the consolation prize for having tried but still gotten a poor grade. We didn’t want to get an “A for Effort”; we wanted the “A” grade.

Now, researchers have proven that the children who get “A’s for Effort” are going to end up smarter and more successful than their peers who are just focused on getting good grades. We now know that intelligence and ability are not the most important determinants in how well your child will ultimately do in school and life.

Dr. Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, is a pioneer in a relatively new field she terms “Mindset.” Dr. Dweck outlines two approaches, one of the ‘fixed’ mindset, and one of the ‘growth’ mindset, that yield very different results.

Students who hold a “fixed” mindset are mainly concerned with what grades they receive and how smart they look; they choose tasks they already do well and avoid difficult tasks to avoid making mistakes. In contrast, students who have a “growth” mindset seek

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