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Angela Duckworth and other behavioral-science experts offer advice to teachers based on scientific research. Angela is the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit organization advancing scientific insights that help kids thrive. She is also the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Character Lab is on Twitter @TheCharacterLab.

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Student Well-Being Opinion The One Thing Teachers Do That Hurts Student Motivation
When adults take over on a challenging task, kids are more likely to quit sooner on the next one. Here’s what to do instead.
Julia Leonard, May 5, 2021
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Teaching Opinion The Key to Understanding What Your Students Are Thinking
To get the right perspective, you need to channel your inner detective.
Hunter Gehlbach, April 28, 2021
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Teaching Opinion How to Unleash the Power of Collaborative Learning
Three research-backed ways to facilitate interactive activities, both in and outside the classroom.
Sidney D'Mello, April 21, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Does Humor Help Students Remember?
If you want kids to pay attention to the news, new research shows that comedy might help.
Emily Falk, April 14, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Why Venting When You Have Problems Feels Good—and Why It Doesn’t Work
When you keep talking about what’s bothering you, it keeps the negative emotions alive. Here’s what research says to do instead.
Ethan Kross, April 7, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Why the Myth of the Lazy Genius Is So Harmful
We shouldn’t assume that girls’ hard work is compensating for a lack of "natural" talent. Talent and hard work aren’t mutually exclusive.
Andrei Cimpian, March 31, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Question That Doesn’t Help Students Figure Out Their Career
Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. Instead of trying to narrow their options, help them broaden their possibilities.
Adam Grant, March 24, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion New Pandemic Research Explains How to Flourish in Difficult Times
Rather than fixate on your happiness level, develop these character strengths to help you thrive.
Matthew Lee, March 17, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Assumptions Teachers Often Make About Black Students and What to Do About Them
Skin color doesn’t tell you everything about someone’s background. Here’s how to look beyond race.
Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi , March 10, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion What Research Says About Breaking the Negative Thought Cycle
We are all worrying more than ever, given the pandemic, a racial reckoning, and extreme political polarization. Here’s what to do about it.
Ethan Kross, March 3, 2021
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Teaching Opinion The Only Class a High School Dropout Never Missed
New research shows how to engage even the hardest-to-reach students.
Kristin DeVivo, February 24, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion New Research Explains Why Confessions Are Convincing
Admitting mistakes makes you come across as knowledgeable—and it’s a good way to model intellectual humility.
Sam Maglio, February 17, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Helping Students Outsmart Their Smartphones
Kids know they study better without their phones. Here’s how to not leave them to their own devices.
Angela Duckworth, February 10, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Why Teamwork in Class Builds Competence and Confidence
When students have real-world problems to solve and incentives to work with each other, their self-efficacy grows.
Angela Duckworth, February 3, 2021
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