Thursday, September 26, 2013


To help students increase their confidence it is important to praise them.

How you praise them is just as important.

If you praise them for their intellect or physical ability, what happens if they start to feel they are losing that characteristic?

If you praise them for their effort, the perseverance, the improvement (which is what they actually did) they can do these things even in difficult situations. This sets them up for success in spite of their circumstances.

I researched two books on this subject.

How to NOT talk to your kids  Carol Dweck

How to Talk  Faber, Mazlish

I also tell my students to NEVER EVER GIVE UP! It's a motto I'm using this year.

The Texans (football team) won a game in the last 2 minutes of the game. The next day I asked my students - What did the Texans do to win the game? They all rolled their eyes and said the motto. At least they said it!


  1. This is what I am finding in my research about Dweck's Mindset as well. Our language plays a large roll in how our student behave. We need to be conscience about what words we use with our students. We need to focus on using words of praise that validate their work effort and the process they used to get to the end product. The focus of our rooms need to be on the process not product.

  2. Slight correction- "How Not to Talk to Your Kids" is not written by Carol Dweck but it sites a of her reserach. The article was in New York Magazine and was written by Po Bronson.