Praise the Effort

Saul Khan of Khan Academy wrote this great article about encouraging learning. The big point I got out of it was Process Praise.

He writes, “For instance, praising someone’s process (“I really like how you struggled with that problem”) versus praising an innate trait or talent (“You’re so clever!”) is one way to reinforce a growth ­mindset with someone. Process ­ praise acknowledges the effort; talent ­ praise reinforces the notion that one only succeeds (or doesn’t) based on a fixed trait.”

One Comment

  1. Rick says:

    Sal Khan is amazing. He teaches math the way it SHOULD be taught. Decent math teachers are very rare!

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