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The tactics are different from those used for encouraging achievement.
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This is hard to research, but a tentative conclusion would be to praise the character revealed rather than the actions. I think it is important to know the child and situations, but it makes a certain amount of sense.
Great linked-out presentation of research studies by NYT Sunday Review columnist Adam Grant.
Is this the model of research essay that we will be teaching in class after two more MLA updates? ;-)
Children imitate what you do,not what you preach!
Why we must nurture children's hearts as well as minds: 7 ways to teach kids strong, ethical behavior and character in a decade of moral erosion
I particularly like the part that concerns to train for positive assertion versus constant compliance. The compliance to please teachers versus the ownership of learning all to please parents often provides a conflict for me.
This is an important article. Some teachers find themselves in situations where they are teaching ethical behaviour to children. This is worth a read.