The Shepard Academic Resource Center supports the learning of all students, and staff are always alert to news of promising classroom practices that get students to take responsibility for their learning. Learning assistance counselor Br. Tom Giumenta, C.S.C., assembled a brief essay that combines emerging insights from neuroscience with the Holy Cross charism of Hope. “So You Failed the Exam,” available at this link, describes the possibility of helping students cultivate a “growth mindset,” a conviction that grades are the consequences of effort and perseverance, rather than merely fixed ability. The strategy? Carefully orchestrated second chances. You can read the informal piece in the time in takes you to enjoy a cup of coffee.
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