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Smart Praise [Feb. 16th, 2007|01:09 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Ah hell.

I've been working on this one for at least a decade, probably more. (I remember the relief I felt when I got my first (and only) C in high school; I was a mostly A student.)

And here it comes all neatly packaged in one friggin' article. Figures.


Short version: praising kids as "smart" actually messes them up. Praising their efforts leads them to think in strategic and adaptive ways.

Edit: Forgot to mention, ganked from bookly. Thank you for posting it!

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-02-16 05:07 am (UTC)
Damn. And hell yeah.

I was a precocious kid and I'm a total fuckup now! :)

People who knew me Way Back When always express disappointment along the lines of "I always figured you would've written a best seller by now..."
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2007-02-16 12:03 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I first saw this one hit my flist a few days ago (via supergee, and still haven't reached the point where I can post about it. I may never get there.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-02-17 04:42 am (UTC)
It's a tough one. There's more stuff percolating in my head about it, but I'm not sure I'll be able to write it either.

What's most interesting to me is that I'd gravitated toward giving very specific positive and negative criticism a long time ago. Mainly after learning that not everyone wanted critical feedback and that even when they SAID they wanted it, they didn't always want it.

Turns out it healthier for critics to give both as well. Spending some time focusing on the positive aspects of a piece improve a critic's eye and mind set.
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