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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 How to Help Students Define Success
What research says about grades and motivation: Don’t think of A’s as the ultimate goal.
Jennifer Aaker, September 14, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Set a Moral Example for Students: What the Research Shows
We all fall short sometimes. But we can do better if we try.
William Fleeson, September 7, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion It’s OK to Be Selfish at Certain Times. Here's When and Why
A psychologist shares what research on the most moral people in the world reveals about the importance of being selfish at the right time.
William Fleeson, August 31, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How Teachers Can Boost Students' Self-Confidence
Educators shouldn't underestimate their influence on young people's morale, writes Angela Duckworth.
Angela Duckworth, August 24, 2022
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Teaching Opinion 3 Steps Teachers Can Take to Value Students’ Marginalized Identities
Lower-income students have strengths that often go unrecognized. Here’s how to structure lesson plans that capitalize on them.
David M. Silverman, August 17, 2022
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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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