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Angela Duckworth and other behavioral-science experts offer advice to teachers based on scientific research. To submit questions, use this form or #helpstudentsthrive. Read more from this blog.

Angela Duckworth and other behavioral-science experts offer advice to teachers based on scientific research. Angela is a co-founder 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 One Thing Teachers Can Do to Signal High Expectations
There are constructive ways for teachers to communicate they believe in a student, a research scientist weighs in.
Camilla Mutoni Griffiths, February 21, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion There Is a Better Way for Students to Ask for Feedback
Adam Grant draws from a personal example to demonstrate how anyone can get more useful input.
Adam Grant, February 14, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Hidden Impact of Informal Student Mentoring
Even an informal mentoring relationship can help students achieve greater academic success.
Matthew A. Kraft, February 7, 2024
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Teaching Opinion Angela Duckworth on What the Research Says About Active Learning
What students think works best for their learning isn't necessarily what does.
Angela Duckworth, January 31, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion An Easy Way to Help Students Develop Better Judgment
To help students think critically, ask them these three questions.
Carey Morewedge, January 24, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion Students Like Easy Work. Here's How to Break That
Don’t assume students avoid effort because they’re lazy. They may be confusing effort with failure to make progress.
Angela Duckworth, January 17, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Help Students Experience Awe
Once students know what to look for, awe becomes more accessible to them and offers benefits.
Dacher Keltner, January 10, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion 3 Questions to Uncover Students' Hidden Potential
Students often struggle to distinguish between what they should do and what they want to do. Here’s how to help them.
Scott Barry Kaufman, January 3, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion Students Are Stressed Out. Here’s How to Help Them
Students might think that doing less is the solution to stress. But this activity could be more useful.
Angela Duckworth, December 13, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion Is There a Secret to Faster Learning? Here’s What the Latest Research Says
Some students seem to learn quicker than others. But new research reveals that’s largely a myth.
Paulo Carvalho, December 6, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion Gamifying the Classroom: How to Help Students Find Their ‘Flow’
Rewards can make studying feel more like a game. Here’s how to do it right.
David Melnikoff, November 29, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion Why a Gratitude Journal for Students Is a Good Idea
The emotional experience of gratitude is complex. Here's what teachers need to know.
Angela Duckworth, November 15, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion Have a Long List of Assignments for Students? You Might Want to Rethink That
When teachers ask too much of students at once, some work will likely fall by the wayside, a phenomenon known as the "smaller tasks" trap.
Todd Rogers, November 8, 2023
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Teaching Opinion Do Your Students Understand You? Here's a Simple Way to Check
Just because students were given instructions doesn’t mean they understood them. There's an easy way to confirm they did.
Kelly Fradin, November 1, 2023
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