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Chinese children crush Americans in math thanks to a mindset Americans only display in one place: sports

Business Insider – Libby Kane

“For the most part, American children aren’t great at math. But Chinese children tend to be excellent. Testing half a million students worldwide, the Program for International Student Assessment is one of the most widely cited measurements of global education, and it’s consistently found Chinese students at the top of the academic pile … and Americans much nearer the bottom. Some experts argue that the PISA assessment, like any standardized tests, primarily measures a student’s ability to take the test, not their knowledge, but hardly anyone disputes that the American education has some work to do when it comes to math.”(more)

What If Students Have More Confidence in Growth Mindsets Than Their Teachers?

Ed Surge – Jack McDermott

“Today, schools and districts are making social-emotional development a priority, and with good reason. Research shows that educators play a profound role in promoting students’ social-emotional skills and beliefs. But what if students have greater confidence that they can improve than their teachers? That’s one of the surprises we found in our recent survey of more than 2,400 teachers and 36,000 students.”(more)

Normalize Setbacks By Asking Your Kids For Advice When You Struggle

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“A lot of parents are worried about helping their children get ahead in a world that feels increasingly competitive, demanding, and high-stakes. That anxiety can take many shapes including overparenting, over-scheduling, and constantly looking for that special opportunity that will give a child the competitive edge. But while parents are fretting about what they can do to help their kids academically and socially, it’s easy to forget about the emotional health that is a foundation for success in life. Discussions of growth mindset and resiliency have become more common in recent years, but how can parents foster a healthy view of struggle in their kids?.”(more)

Seven tips for supporting high performers at school

The Guardian – Nicola Slawson

“Is giftedness a case of nature or nurture? Opinion is divided. While one school of thought says that some children have an innate ability to achieve higher than their peers, others will argue that most people can reach standards of performance associated with being gifted and talented. In our recent Q&A, experts discussed the latest thinking on how people become high performers and what teachers and parents can do to help young people excel in their chosen areas. Here’s a summary of their thoughts: .”(more)

Mindfulness For Kids: How To Teach Your Child To Live In The Moment

The Huffington Post – Alyson Schafer

“Have you ever had the experience of driving somewhere and not even remembering the ride? Too often our brains are running on auto-pilot — we spend time dwelling on the past or planning the future and miss being awake to the here and now. Yet, the only real time we can experience and impact is this very moment. That is why mindfulness is so important and practicing it can lead to a multitude of health benefits. Children can also benefit from practicing mindfulness: schools across North America are slowing beginning to incorporate mindfulness practices in daily classroom routines. Even if your child’s school doesn’t have a program, you can take the initiative to teach your child at home by following these simple tips.”(more)

Growth mindset: practical tips you may not have tried yet

The Guardian – Bradley Busch

“Schools and teachers across the world have embraced Carol Dweck’s theory of growth mindset in the hope of helping students to fulfil their potential. Popular strategies include tweaking the way teachers give feedback, encouraging self-reflection through questioning and, crucially, praising processes instead of natural ability. But many educators feel they could be doing more. A recent survey found that 98% of teachers believe that if their students have a growth mindset it will lead to improved student learning, but only 20% of them believe they are good at fostering a growth mindset and 85% want more training and practical strategies.”(more)