Always Praise Effort. Never Praise Ability.

Dr. Carol Dweck wrote, Mindset, and in it she outlines many examples of why building a culture based on effort is far superior to one based on ability. I used to tell the really gifted kids how great they were, but that creates a handicap they may never overcome. Just because a child learns forms […]

Left Brain Logical / Right Brain Creative

The best dojos cultivate organized chaos. As a teacher I love it when the kids in my classes follow the rules, my rules. But I am such a rule breaker. I hate rules. I secretly think the kids who are best at bending the rules to their whims will go farther than the ones who […]