Friday, September 12, 2014

Wrong, Not Right: The Learning Myth

Isaiah does not worry about the “what-ifs,”
the negative voices around him, or even
 his possible failure, because in his mind
 he is a super hero.
Read his story here.

From Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, "My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a word that he has trouble with: last night the word was "gratefully.” He eventually got it after a fairly painful minute. He then said, “Dad, aren't you glad how I struggled with that word? I think I could feel my brain growing.”

Researchers have known for some time that the brain is like a muscle; that the more you use it, the more it grows. ... most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than repeatedly having success with easy ones.
... the best way that we can grow our intelligence is to embrace tasks where we might struggle and fail.

...   And now here’s a surprise for you. By reading this article itself, you've just undergone the first half of a growth­-mindset intervention. The research shows that just being exposed to the research itself (­­for example, knowing that the brain grows most by getting questions wrong, not right­­) can begin to change a person’s mindset.