The Effort

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Paragraph 1 – A group came to Dweck, a psychology professor, to ask why their athletes were not motivated to train more (talent was not a problem, the athletes were very skilled).
Paragraph 2 – The suspected problem with the athletes was the belief ‘that star players are born – not made’ Working hard means the players are admitting a lack of talent. The star players are confident in their abilities.
QUESTION
What motivates you to work at something?
Are ‘stars’ born? Or can people work hard to achieve the same ‘star’ status?
Can confidence cause laziness?
What was the ‘mind-set’ of the athletes? (see the chart and explain your answer to the group)

Paragraph 3 – Dweck’s introduction and basic research. Dweck studies what makes people ‘reach their potential’ while other’s fail. Dweck said the reason why some try harder when other’s give up is how people view ‘ability.’ Dweck said people view ‘ability’ as either (1) something that comes naturally or (2) something that is developed through practice
Paragraph 4 – Research Findings – If people open their mind to making an effort, big improvements are possible.
QUESTION
What does it mean to ‘reach your potential’?
What is something you feel prevents your from reaching your potential when learning to do something new?
What is the dictionary definition of ‘ability’? (search and scribe)
Which definition of ‘ability’ do you agree with? What would you say most people in your culture agree with?
In your opinion, how much does attitude influence learning?

Paragraph 5 - Research Beginnings – Dweck started by studying ‘learned helplessness.’ Experiments involved animal research on repeated failures. Through this work, she began to wonder why some human children give up when they face failure while others are motivated by it.
Paragraph 6 – Dweck learned people’s ideas about what causes their failure…...

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