Susan Cain’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Quiet, is now in paperback. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves. This week, Educational Leadership, the flagship publication of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) said this about the book: “Quiet will help teachers who hope to make classrooms more welcoming to introverted kids gain a greater understanding of how highly reserved children operate, how to respectfully coax them out, and how to help them learn to work comfortably in groups—in school and out.” We couldn’t agree more. And to read Susan’s article, “What Do Teachers Really Think of Quiet Students?, click here.
May 12, 2010
In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, staff reporter David Glenn has written an interesting piece considering the pioneering work—and controversial viewpoints—of psychologist, professor and author Carol Dweck. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) took note of this article and linked to it in their weekly INBOX e-newsletter, sent out today.
Dweck, currently a professor at Stanford University, is a leading expert on motivation and personality psychology. Having done more than twenty years of research on mindset, she has come to form what many consider to be a contrarian view: by fostering the belief that intelligence is a fixed trait, and praising students for simply “being smart”, educators do a disservice not only to students but to society-at-large.
The article has sparked varied reactions among Chronicle readers. In exchange for a free copy of Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, we’d like to get your point of view as well. Simply read the Chronicle article and/or the book excerpt and post a thoughtful comment here. Then email us for your free copy (please be sure to include your full school mailing address).