The Praise Paradox When twelve-year-old Linda arrived at the third level of her videogame, her father exclaimed, ‘You’re great! You have perfect coordination! You’re an expert player.’ Linda lost interest and walked away. Her father’s praise made it difficult for … Continue reading The trouble with praises
Can Kindness Be Taught? Thanks to a challenge from the Dalai Lama, a number of preschools are trying to teach something that has not always been considered an academic subject: kindness. “Can you look inside yourself and tell me what … Continue reading The kindness curriculum
How US kids’ problems with fractions reveal the fascinating link between language and maths Cast your mind back to your teenage maths lessons. Without a calculator, would you have been able to estimate the answer to the following sum? 12/13 … Continue reading Is mathematics natural or man-made?
Status Check: What Does It Mean to Be Popular? What does it mean to be popular?” In 2015 The Atlantic posed that question to a group of middles schoolers in its “Ask a Tween” video series. “It doesn’t necessarily mean … Continue reading Are you status-obsessed?
Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo. Her … Continue reading Brands for kids
Go Ahead, Heap Rewards on Your Kid A few months ago, my husband and I met a psychologist who advised us to start using rewards with our 6-year-old. Our son is happy, but he struggles at times with his behavior … Continue reading Incentives for kids?
Harnessing behavioral economics to reinvent employee education Since the birth of the self-directed defined contribution plan, industry conferences have typically had speeches and panel discussions on how to motivate participants to make better decisions — or decisions at all. Typically, … Continue reading Intuitive design in education