Lesson 1: Why is effort important?

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What is this lesson about?

"While it may seem obvious to link effort to achievement, many students do not realize the connection" (Fries-Gaither, 2010). However, students' beliefs about effort can be altered through reinforcement and realization of their growth through effort. This lesson will guide educators to the importance of the effects of effort on student achievement.


Focus Objective

In this lesson, learners will

  • understand positive effects of effort on student growth and attitude
  • learn about negative aspects of innate ability in regards to effort


Introduction

Click to watch this inspirational video message about achievement produced through effort. Click to watch: Ray Lewis- Effort


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Reading

Bullet blue.pngRead the following cover story from Stanford Magazine, "The Effort Effect" by Marina Krakovski.


The Effort Effect

According to a Stanford psychologist, you’ll reach new heights if you learn to embrace the occasional tumble.

By Marina Krakovsky

One day last November, psychology professor Carol Dweck welcomed a pair of visitors from the Blackburn Rovers, a soccer team in the United Kingdom’s Premier League. The Rovers’ training academy is ranked in England’s top three, yet performance director Tony Faulkner had long suspected that many promising players weren’t reaching their potential. Ignoring the team’s century-old motto—arte et labore, or “skill and hard work”—the most talented individuals disdained serious training.

On some level, Faulkner knew the source of the trouble: British soccer culture held that star players are born, not made. If you buy into that view, and are told you’ve got immense talent, what’s the point of practice? If anything, training hard would tell you and others that you’re merely good, not great. Faulkner had identified the problem; but to fix it, he needed Dweck’s help.

A 60-year-old academic psychologist might seem an unlikely sports motivation guru. But Dweck’s expertise—and her recent book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success—bear directly on the sort of problem facing the Rovers. Through more than three decades of systematic research, she has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t—why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson. The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed.

What’s more, Dweck has shown that people can learn to adopt the latter belief and make dramatic strides in performance. These days, she’s sought out wherever motivation and achievement matter, from education and parenting to business management and personal development.

Continue reading "The Effort Effect" at http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=32124


Activity One

Bullet blue.png Discuss what "The Effort Effect" is, the negative effects of innate ability, and/or ways encouraging effort can alter a person's behavior and attitude.

The Effort Effect Discussion Board

Activity Two

Bullet blue.pngComplete "The Effort Effect" Quizlet linked below

http://quizlet.com/40014147/scatter


Resources

Fries-Gaither, Jessica. (2010, February) Effort, Praise, and Achievement: What Research Says to the Elementary Teacher. "Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears". Retrieved from http://beyondpenguins.ehe.osu.edu/issue/polar-explorers/effort-praise-and-achievement-what-research-says-to-the-elementary-teacher

Krakovsky, M. (2010, January) The Effort Effect. Standford Magazine. Retrieved from http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=32124


Links

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