Having Difficulty Moving Past a Particularly Distressing Audition or Performance? “Just Think Positive” May Not Be the Best Strategy...

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Maybe it was an embarrassing memory slip. Or one of those runaway train moments, where you knew you were rushing, but just couldn’t stop. Or perhaps it was a super quiet and exposed moment, where your bow started shaking, and doing some crazy involuntary richochet type of thing. I think we’ve all had certain performances or auditions that we wish we could take back. Where things went so badly, and we were so embarrassed or felt so ashamed,…


A Simple Writing Exercise That Could Help You Perform More Confidently

Subscribe to the weekly “audio edition” via iTunes There are lots and lots of stories on the internet (and in books too, of course) about athletes’ use of visualization when preparing for competition. Where they imagine every detail of an upcoming race, or see themselves scoring goals, or overcoming adversity to win a gold medal. Typically, this visualization is all future-focused. Where they imagine performing well in upcoming events that haven’t yet happened. But I’ve also heard…


How NOT to Support a Student Who Is Struggling

How Not to Support a Student Who Is Struggling (and What To Do Instead)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Last week, we looked at a study which found that having a fixed mindset3 as a teacher, can have a pretty negative impact on students’ learning. Where not only do they enjoy class less, but their grades suffer as well (you can read that here). And why is that? Well, it seems that we tend to communicate our mindset beliefs to students in many subtle ways. Which in turn leads students to worry more about being evaluated negatively by the teacher…


Want Your Students to Be More Engaged, Take More Risks, and Get Better Grades? Here’s Why Your Mindset Matters.

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes If you’ve read any articles online in the last few years about learning or resilience, you’ve probably come across some reference to the work of Carol Dweck, and idea of a growth vs. fixed mindset. This is where believing that intelligence is changeable and can be developed (i.e. a growth mindset) is associated with better learning, performance, and perseverance. Whereas believing that intelligence or talent is something innate that we either…


Specific Times When SMART Goals Can Be Counterproductive (and What Strategy to Use Instead)

Specific Times When SMART Goals Can Be Counterproductive (and What Strategy to Use Instead)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Fire up your browser, do a search for “goals,” and you’ll probably see something about SMART goals within the first few hits. Because whether it’s school, sports, business, diet/exercise/fitness, or personal finance, SMART goals are everywhere. Heck, my middle schooler was learning about this in gym class the other day. SMART goals, of course, refers to the idea that we’re more likely to achieve a goal, if the goal is specific, measurable,…