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How Parents Talk About Failure Affects Children's Success : Shots - Health News : NPR - 0 views

  • "There is a fair amount of evidence showing that when children view their abilities as more malleable and something they can change over time, then they deal with obstacles in a more constructive way,"
  • But parents who saw failure as an opportunity were more likely to ask their child what they learned from the quiz, what they still can learn and whether asking the teacher for help would be useful.
  • "The takeaway is that when your child is struggling on something or has setbacks, don't focus on their abilities, focus on what they can learn from it,"
Trey Boden

9 Research-Backed Ways to Spark Your Creativity - Michael Hyatt - 0 views

  • Create distance. Usually, the more we work on a problem, the closer we get to it. But distance gives us an beneficial change in perspective.
  • Stay upbeat. No. 4 relates back to No. 3. It’s impossible to play in a bad mood, and it turns out researchers find people are better at solving problems when they’re upbeat and positive.
  • The right constraints can clear our heads and challenge us to work with our available resources.
Trey Boden

Stop Trying to "Do It All" - 99U - 1 views

  • Naturally, it’s the same with your work: any given hour, week or year dedicated to one project can’t be used for another.
  • When a friend asks if you’ll jump on board with her new business, or a possible freelance gig arrives by email, you’ll see more clearly what you’re giving up in exchange. Which means that if you do decide to say yes, you’ll be freed from the nagging worry that you ought to be doing something else.
  • Or follow Warren Buffet’s suggestion: list your 25 top career goals, choose the five you value the most, then treat the remaining 20 as your “avoid at all costs” list.
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  • to learn to see everything you choose to do (including, by the way, choosing to procrastinate on making a decision) as a choice not to do a million other things
Trey Boden

I'd rather text than talk - Signal v. Noise - Medium - 1 views

    "I'd rather text than talk"
Trey Boden

The perils of "Growth Mindset" education: Why we're trying to fix our kids when we shou... - 0 views

  • The problem with sweeping, generic claims about the power of attitudes or beliefs isn’t just a risk of overstating the benefits but also a tendency to divert attention from the nature of the tasks themselves: How valuable are they, and who gets to decide whether they must be done?
  • Unfortunately, even some people who are educators would rather convince students they need to adopt a more positive attitude than address the quality of the curriculum (what the students are being taught) or the pedagogy (how they’re being taught it).
  • praise kids for their effort (“You tried really hard”) rather than for their ability (“You’re really smart”)
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  • But the first problem with this seductively simple script change is that praising children for their effort carries problems of its own, as several studies have confirmed: It can communicate that they’re really not very capable and therefore unlikely to succeed at future tasks.
  • what’s really problematic is praise itself
  • It’s a verbal reward, an extrinsic inducement, and, like other rewards, is often construed by the recipient as manipulation
  • Moreover, praise communicates that our acceptance of a child comes with strings attached: Our approval is conditional on the child’s continuing to impress us or do what we say.
  • We need to attend to deeper differences: between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and between “doing to” and “working with” strategies.
  • If students are preoccupied with how well they’re doing in school, then their interest in what they’re doing may suffer.
  • A 2010 study found that when students whose self-worth hinges on their performance face the prospect of failure, it doesn’t help for them to adopt a growth mindset.
  • Even when a growth mindset doesn’t make things worse, it can help only so much if students have been led — by things like grades, tests, and, worst of all, competition — to become more focused on achievement than on the learning itself.
  • And this brings us to the biggest blind spot of all — the whole idea of focusing on the mindsets of individuals.
  • Ironically, the more we occupy ourselves with getting kids to attribute outcomes to their own effort, the more we communicate that the conditions they face are, well, fixed.
  • But why have so many educators who don’t share that sensibility endorsed a focus on mindset (or grit) whose premises and implications they’d likely find troubling on reflection?
  • I’m not suggesting we go back to promoting an innate, fixed, “entity” theory of intelligence and talent, which, as Dweck points out, can leave people feeling helpless and inclined to give up.
Trey Boden

The 4 Phases Of Developing Your Creative Voice - 99u - 0 views

  • Your voice is how you’re recognized by others.
  • Your voice is the confluence of inspiration, dedicated practice, and strategic risk.
  • 1. Discovery Phase
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  • In this phase, it’s important to identify the small, obtainable skills that could become the building blocks of growth.
  • 2. Emulation Phase
  • Which “mentor works” of my heroes should I immerse myself in, and emulate, in order to build my skills?
  • 3. Divergence Phase
  • when you begin to take everything you’ve learned, and bend and break the rules you learned during emulation.
  • 4. Crisis Phase
  • Perhaps everyone around you is perfectly fine with your performance, but deep down you know that you’re no longer striving to sharpen your craft, and you’ve grown stagnant.
  • We will cycle through these general phases many times over the course of our lives and careers, but for the greatest artists the process of growth never ends.
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Mastering the Fine Art of Managing People | - 0 views

  • Our culture is also an amazing recruitment tool. When we share it with people online, it's like branding from the inside out.
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      What do you think?
  • I want to know whether candidates are focused on selling themselves or are listening and learning.
  • We try to hire people we'd be happy sitting next to on a plane during a cross-country flight.
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  • strategic
  • tactical
  • keep Method weird
  • For the weird section, we want people to share their passions.
  • come up with their own titles
  • Which of Method's values do you connect with most
  • I estimate that just 60 percent of candidates make it over.
  • "How will you make life better in the park?"
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The 100-hour knack - The Whiteboard - 0 views

  • with a 100 hours of investment into a new skill or practice, you can hit a tipping point,
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      What obstacles hold us back from reaching the 100-hours. What part does interest play? How (should we?) get beyond our own interest for the sake of skill aquisition?
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      What obstacles hold us back from reaching the 100-hours. What part does interest play? How (should we?) get beyond our own interest for the sake of skill aquisition?
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  • I had unwittingly reached a point where the effort became an asset.
  • the benefits outweigh the struggle
  • So, how do we push ourselves through this “pre-knack” period when the short-term calculus doesn’t seem to add up?
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      Really important quote for this article...
  • That means our job is not only to teach our students the skills and tools for their practice, but also to inspire and set into motion a practice that gets them past that tipping point, where the ability becomes part of them and they couldn’t imagine not putting it to use. 
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