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Challenge: Pressing for Persistence

Teachers who challenge students insist that they persevere and do their best work. They hold students to high academic standards, encourage persistence, and monitor student effort. Find resources offering classroom strategies that support the practice of requiring students to work hard and persist in their learning.
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Challenge: Pressing for Persistence
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This video features a teacher who explains how she encourages a growth mindset by inviting students to set their own specific improvement goals and encouraging them in their efforts to develop the skills they have identified. It's full of illustrative examples of how she gives specific, personalized feedback on students' writing process, helps them identify focused goals to work toward, and praises what they are doing with language that reinforces their efforts and encourages a growth mindset.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    The teacher in this video discusses and demonstrates how she reinforces students' efforts to solve challenging problems, including practices such as inviting them to justify their thinking and encouraging them to try different approaches. She models strategies and language that help her young students tackle challenges, expect difficulties, develop problem-solving skills, discuss their thinking, and build habits and mindsets that will serve them throughout their school careers.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This video shows a variety of strategies in action for challenging students to learn and do more than they think they can. Featured teachers encourage students to persist in the face of challenge, embrace learning struggles, explain their thinking, and push themselves and each other toward deeper learning. Educators also demonstrate the importance of building relationships, promoting active engagement, and supporting students in taking ownership of their learning.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    These resources provide helpful support for cultivating a growth mindset among students. Tools such as the "Growth Mindset Framing Tool" and "Growth Mindset Feedback Tool" offer examples of the types of messages that convey a belief in students' capabilities and encourage them to persist and persevere in the face of challenge. A rubric and explanatory article can be shared with students to help them understand how sustained effort at challenging learning tasks leads to growth.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    The teachers and students in this video explain the importance of failure as a necessary part of developing a growth mindset and striving for high-quality work. The video and accompanying article include recommendations for how to foster a culture of continuous improvement by embracing mistakes as learning opportunities, encouraging perseverance, and teaching students how to provide and appreciate timely, specific, and actionable feedback.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This animated speech by Carol Dweck explains the difference between a "fixed mindset" and a "growth mindset" and the implications for teaching and learning. Dweck describes her research indicating that praising students' process rather than intelligence helps them take risks, meet challenges, and grow from those learning experiences. She shares strategies for cultivating a growth mindset that helps students persist in the face of challenge and develop their capabilities as a result.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn It Around)

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This blog post explains how one teacher responds to students who say, "I can't." He shares insights about why students may be resistant to making effort on learning tasks as well as strategies for engaging them, helping them believe in their own capacity, and pressing them to persist in the face of challenge to meet high expectations.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article describes how to use the writing process to help students engage in meaningful writing tasks, deepen their thinking, persist in their efforts, and produce quality work. It explains the value of clarifying expectations and structuring opportunities for students to check their own work, engage in peer review, confer with teachers, and revise their work based on feedback. These strategies apply to writing tasks or creative projects across the curriculum at any level.
  • eleducation.org
    eleducation.org

    Building a Classroom Culture of Trust and Collaboration

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    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This book excerpt identifies strategies for establishing a classroom culture where students feel intellectually and emotionally safe and view challenges and mistakes as opportunities for learning. It explains how building a safe learning environment is key to cultivating a growth mindset, which helps students persevere to meet learning challenges, and also to checking for understanding, which works best if students are comfortable expressing their learning struggles as well as their successes.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This video offers a beautiful example of using models to define criteria and guide student work, engaging students in closely examining each other's work, and coaching them in providing constructive feedback on progress. It illustrates the power of this strategy to help students raise their standards for high-quality work and achieve more than they thought possible.
  • ascd.org
    ascd.org

    The Perils and Promises of Praise

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article offers an excellent overview of the concept of growth mindset, the compelling research behind it, and why it is so valuable to cultivate among students to help them develop successful lifelong learning habits. It explains how praising students’ intelligence can cause them to avoid challenge, while praising their effort can help them embrace challenge, reinforcing the idea that hard work leads to improvement.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

    Article
    Tripod Education Partners says:
    This article discusses strategies used by game designers for engaging learners that can be effectively applied in the design of classroom instruction. It distills what makes game-based learning fun and how to transfer those design principles to a variety of classroom learning experiences. For example, building in opportunities for choice, feedback, and creativity can help to engage students and challenge them to persist in their learning.
  • Tripod Education Partners says:
    This well-organized guide to implementing principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) explains why it's important to help students learn to sustain attention and effort in the face of learning challenges and offers a variety of practical strategies, examples, and resources. For instance, reinforcing goals, differentiating instruction, fostering collaboration, and providing informative feedback focused on effort and improvement can help students address learning challenges successfully.
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