“You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh’s advice is smarter than we may think when it comes to encouraging young readers. What’s better than reading intervention and working memory training?  Reading intervention and working memory + education about intelligence.

If students believe they are not intelligent or bad at school, that negative mindset is likely to sabotage even well-planned educational programs. Students who believe that they become more intelligent step-by-step by persistence and hard work, are significantly higher achieving in reading and working memory, but also math and science. Now researchers are discovering that some studies that didn’t discover significant improvements in working memory training may have been due to this mindset factor. Students who perceived intelligence as a fixed condition were more likely to disengage and not follow through after 4 weeks of intervention.

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