Self-discipline trumps IQ for academic success

Thank you to Strausser and his “A Teacher’s Perspective” Blog for this great post!

“Listening to Bill Bennett’s radio show, he had on an author from the Washington Post that I found really interesting. He wrote an article talking about a paper in the Psychological Science journal, which found that self-discipline is a better predictor or academic success than a student’s IQ.

It talks about the fact that if a student is not always fixated on immediate gratification and can actually see the “big picture” and a game plan in how to reach it but may not be the smartest knife in the drawer, they have a much better chance of doing better in school (and life) than the kids who have higher IQs.

This really mirrors a lot of what I try and do in my class because I have it set up so that literally the difference between an “A” and a “C” is the amount of effort that is put in and not just being smarter. I want my students to feel empowered to achieve what they put their minds to and not get in the mindset that things need to be simply given to them.”

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