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Angela Duckworth and other behavioral-science experts offer advice to teachers based on scientific research. Angela is co-founder, chief scientist, and a board member 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 Help Students Change Their Habits
Daniel Willingham explores what the research says it takes to make better choices.
Daniel Willingham, January 25, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Help Students Who Feel Inadequate
Your values are your foundation and your compass. Here’s how they can help guide you and your students.
Angela Duckworth, January 18, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion What Teachers Need to Know to Help Students Face Their Fears
Conquering fear doesn’t mean getting rid of it once and for all. Here’s what actually works.
Seth J. Gillihan, January 11, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion Here’s How to Start Your New Year on the Right Foot
You don’t need more willpower. Do this instead.
Angela Duckworth, January 4, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion Gratitude Practices at School That Work (and Why Some Don’t)
Four meaningful research-backed strategies for genuine gratitude practices in the classroom.
Giacomo Bono , December 21, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion 'There’s No Such Thing as Bad Emotions' and Other Truths Students Need to Know
Students won't talk about their feelings unless you talk about your feelings. Here’s how.
Marc A. Brackett , December 14, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion A Lesson in Gift-Giving, According to Research
Here’s a new way to think about the holiday spirit for young and old alike.
Angela Duckworth, December 7, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion One Simple Thing You Can Do to Make Yourself Happier
A happiness and time researcher shares a simple hack to make experiences more pleasurable.
Cassie Holmes, November 30, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Surprising Benefits of Gratitude Everyone Should Know About
Pause and let yourself feel the emotion. It will reap multiple rewards.
David DeSteno, November 16, 2022
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Teaching Opinion What Students Wish Teachers Understood About Group Projects
If you’re the person always stuck doing thankless tasks, you know this is an issue.
Linda Babcock, November 9, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Talk to Students About Stress
Students are under a lot of pressure, but avoiding stress isn’t the answer. Here’s what can help.
Christopher J. Bryan, November 2, 2022
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Teaching Opinion Why I Tell Students to Imitate Other People
Copy-pasting what you admire isn’t by definition cheating, writes psychologist
Angela Duckworth. Here’s when imitation leads to learning.
Angela Duckworth, October 26, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Myths and Facts Teachers Need to Know About Growth Mindset
Everyone thinks they have a growth mindset, but beware of these pitfalls.
Mary Murphy, October 19, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Cellphones and Halloween Candy: How to Help Students Resist Temptations
This technique is a lot more effective than sheer willpower, writes psychologist Angela Duckworth.
Angela Duckworth, October 12, 2022
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