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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 Truth About High Achievers: Many Struggle to Find Their Passion
New research reveals the link between trying something new and success.
Angela Duckworth, June 15, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Depending on Gender, Students Talk About Their Abilities Differently
When it comes to math and science, teachers should be aware that students are biased in how they talk about their own work.
Judd Kessler, June 8, 2022
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Teaching Opinion The Best Way to Use Grades for Motivating Students
Comparing themselves to others can make some kids feel like they can’t catch up. Here’s how to fix it.
Angela Duckworth, June 1, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Student Anxiety Is Rising. Here’s What Helps—and What Doesn’t
Parents' natural inclination is to step in and eliminate their children's stress.
Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, May 25, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Decrease Suspensions. Here's What New Research Shows
A half-hour training program can change teachers' approach to discipline.
Jason Okonofua & Greg Walton, May 18, 2022
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Teaching Opinion One Key Classroom-Management Strategy for Middle Schools
A recent study found something very powerful about the value of praise.
Angela Duckworth, May 11, 2022
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Classroom Technology Opinion 4 Strategies to Help Students Manage Cellphone Use in School
Rules only get you so far; they don't teach young people how to manage challenges.
Tom Harrison, May 4, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Don’t Try to Toughen Students Up, Research Says
How you see the world matters, but expecting the worst doesn’t prepare you for hard times.
Jer Clifton, April 27, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Just a Little Lie? Why There’s No Such Thing
A white lie might seem harmless, but research shows there are unexpected repercussions.
Tali Sharot, April 20, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Why Cheating Increased in the Pandemic and What to Do About It
Doing the right thing is more difficult in tough times. But you can help students strive to stick to their principles.
Angela Duckworth, April 13, 2022
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Classroom Technology Opinion How to Decide Whether to Ban Laptops in the Classroom
The scientist whose research led to blanket laptop bans argues against them—and explains what to do instead.
Daniel Oppenheimer, April 6, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Bring Wonder Back to the Classroom
We underestimate children’s interest in how things work. Let’s join them as their partners in discovery.
Frank Keil, March 30, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Students Often Reread to Study. But That’s Not Effective
There is a better way to improve comprehension and enhance test preparation.
Robert A. Bjork, March 23, 2022
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Teaching Opinion How to Persuade Students to Stop Cramming for Tests—and What to Do Instead
Students who give themselves more time to study do better. Here's the research to prove it.
Robert A. Bjork, March 16, 2022
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