We've all heard the theories that once a child is categorized as "smart" or "slow" they tend to live up that standard. NPR had a great article this week that examines what children believe about their intelligence from a slightly different angle.
Child Development, a scientific journal, found that kids will do better in school if they're taught that their intelligence will actually grow. If a student thinks their intelligence is fixed at a certain level, apparently, they just won't do as well.
Psychologist Carol Dweck talks more about this "growth mindset" intelligence in her book, "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success".
So while we want our children to believe they're intelligent, it seems even more important for them to believe their intelligence can grow. Good to know.