It is no secret that students who are thriving can contribute their success in part to the encouragement around them from teachers, parents, and peers. Praise is a vital part of success for any student struggling or thriving. Sometimes praise can be counterproductive. Praise is a beautiful instrument that helps students to get in small wins each day for their triumphs. The type of praise we give students determines their future choices and desire for learning. According to the research and studies of Carol Dweck, students who are merely praised for their given intelligence will be less likely to take on challenges and adapt their mindset as time moves forward.

What does this mean? Students who are prized for their intelligence will not be able to transition into a growth mindset unless their fixed mindset is broken. Students who are praised for their effort in working on tasks and completing things are much more likely to continue challenging themselves and feeling pride in the amount of effort they have exerted. Praise is a key component to any student’s success, but integrating a growth mindset model into the classroom gives students the opportunity to worry less about grades and celebrate more about effort. The more effort a student puts into their academic studies the more satisfying the reward of success becomes.

Park School uses the Carol Dweck model of growth mindset in the classroom to encourage students to continue growing and challenging themselves each day.  By integrating this growth philosophy into our daily life, students are challenged to have an active role in their education and develop a sense of autonomy that breeds independence and growth. Please watch the video below and see what the power in effort based praise will do  for a student.


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