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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?

2013 Big Ideas in Education

A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence

The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people. Things like our perception of "smart," relationships between students and educators, sleep, and use of technology can have profound effects on intelligence.

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