This blog has gained many new readers over the past year. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a daily “A Look Back” where I share a best post from the past twelve years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.

This post appeared in July, 2018.


A new study, co-authored by David Yeager, one of the foremost experts on Social Emotional Learning (I’ve previously posted about his work, including a guest post), found that ninth-graders were able to weather some of the challenges they faced during their first three months in high school if they had a growth mindset.

Here’s an excerpt from an article summarizing their research:


Our school puts a very strong emphasis on Social Emotional Learning concepts in ninth-grade. One takeaway for me from this study is that it might make sense for us to teach about growth mindset first.

The article also points to a nice resource Yeager and others have created with growth mindset learning resources.

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of Ninth-Grade For Students – & How To Support Them

The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”


Addendum: Here’s another useful summary of the study.