How do you get students to see intelligence and achievement as outcomes they can grow with effort? Experts like Carol Dweck argue that activities that encourage, acknowledge, and support sustained effort help students develop a growth mindset, which leads to not just short-term achievement but also long-term success. Working within students’ zone of proximal development, teachers can design tasks that challenge yet don’t overwhelm, that communicate the value of hard work, and frame feedback as a tool for improvement. How do you help students set goals and chart their progress toward these targets with regular, informative feedback and self-assessments? What helps students internalize the habit of practice, and Dweck’s axiom that “even geniuses work hard”?
ASCD Express is looking for short, 600–1,000-word essays on the theme “The Effort Effect.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send us your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2014.