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Praise effort, not intelligence

BBC News reports on research showing that praising a student’s intelligence can diminish their motivation to perform, whereas praising their efforts can do the opposite. This is related to a “fixed mindset” versus a “growth mindset.” The former attitude is that talent is inherent – one has it or not; the latter attitude is that talent increases with practice and effort.

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