Most of us have a memory of a class in high school we just weren’t good at. For many it was math or english. For some it was art. Either way, the results were the same–belief that we’re not good at that subject, that we just didn’t have what it takes to get through it. And, sadly, we often gave up.
Now I wonder what might have happened if we had known then about Growth Mindset. If we knew the brain is like a muscle, would we have developed greater perseverance? If we were able to implement strategies and interventions for struggling students, would we have been given renewed hope and for success?
Although Americans have traditionally viewed intelligence as something inherited and unchangeable, research on Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck and others have created acceptance of the idea that effort creates intelligence.
However, as Dr. Dweck has stated, effort is not enough. Effort without strategies to learn, or as we call them, “struggle strategies”, will not lead to learning: over time, students will devalue their effort, since they won’t see benefits from those attempts.
In order to avoid emphasizing “only effort”, we have put together 8 strategies to help students learn when they struggle. These are part of a free activity and worksheet download called Selecting Struggle Strategies. It’s part of our REACH Strategies Guidebook and it can be used in a classroom to help students who need help. Here are 8 strategies:
Helping students understand that effort can increase intelligence is important in increasing student motivation and part of our REACH system of student motivation, Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition and Heart
Click below to download our free classroom activity and worksheets, part of the REACH Strategies Guidebook, to help your students when they struggle.
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