Reading while school is out keeps students at gifted and talented reading levels engaged, and books that challenge all learners to get out of their comfort zones have the potential to rewire their brains and turn them into academic superstars.
Carol Dweck, a leading advocate for growth mindset in education, said in a TED Talk that students who are motivated by “the power of not yet” learn the value of pushing themselves to grasp content that is just out of their reach.
“I don’t understand this … not yet” is a key phrase in the development of a growth mindset, a learning attitude that works for all topics. Growth mindset, Dweck says, inspires perseverance in mastering difficult material, encourages a willingness to learn from setbacks, and reveals untapped potential.
“Just the words ‘yet’ or ‘not yet,’ we’re finding, give kids greater confidence, give them a path into the future that creates greater persistence,” she said. Her research found that “every time [kids] push out of their comfort zone to learn something new and difficult, the neurons in their brain can form new, stronger connections, and over time, they can get smarter.”