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Helpful praise is descriptive

“There is no value judgement more important…no factor more decisive in [a person’s] psychological development and motivation – than the estimate [they] pass on themselves.” Nathaniel Branden The psychology of self-esteem. While it is essential that children build a positive and realistic self-image, praising children can be a ‘tricky business’ that brings about unintended consequences…

Terrific Teaching Tool – Gapminder World

Gapminder is an interactive data-based resource that enables students to explore the world’s most important statistical trends.  Data is available for hundreds of variables, from population to health to wealth to CO2 emissions! Go to the gapminder website for a general sticky beak or simply Gapminder World straight away.  It can take a minute to load but…

Doing History: Exploring evidence with artefacts

“The process of writing history using primary sources involves a three-way interplay among the inquiry questions that propel the study, the close analysis of available sources, and knowledge of the context of the sources.” (Sexias & Morton, 2013, p.42).  Accordingly, historical evidence from primary sources is central to this process. An often neglected category of…

The paradox of bright girls

The paradox of bright girls, as outlined by Dweck (2000) is simply this: bright girls achieve highly in primary school (higher than boys and higher in all subjects); however, they are not necessarily high achievers in high school.  Dweck found that this group is particularly vulnerable to adopting helpless responses to new and challenging tasks…

To praise or not to praise?

The ‘commonly advocated practice of praising students for their intelligence’ has been under review for some time; however, a number of educators are now getting serious about shifting the way they praise in order to enable students to develop a Growth Mindset.  Research conducted by Carol Dweck (2000) suggests that praising students for their intelligence…