• The Myth of the Supertrait Ⅳ- Woodmam

    The Myth of the Supertrait Ⅳ- Woodmam

    The lesson of Jeffrey Froh’s work is not that society should simply give up on teaching children about gratitude. Certainly, some children do benefit from the exercises. (In fact, Froh remains so committed to the idea that one of his grad students recently began pilot-testing a five-week gratitude school curriculum.) However, for most kids, gratitude is not easily manufactured, and we can’t take it...
  • The Myth of the Supertrait Ⅲ- Woodmam

    The Myth of the Supertrait Ⅲ- Woodmam

    Froh began to design a new study, working with a K–12 parochial school, where he could test a gratitude intervention on kids from grades 3, 8, and 12, to look for the effects of age.That Froh had chosen a parochial school was an interesting choice. The school’s religious teachings on sacrifice could have already given its students an increased awareness of gratitude. Froh knew...
  • The Myth of the Supertrait Ⅱ- Woodmam

    The Myth of the Supertrait Ⅱ- Woodmam

    The four classes of students who counted their blessings didn’t experience more gratitude than the control group—not during the two-week exercise, immediately after, or three weeks later. The journal writing simply didn’t have the intended effect. At all stages, the three classes in the control group—which did nothing but take the mood questionnaires—experienced the most gratitude of the three groups. As a result, the...
  • The Myth of the SupertraitⅠ- Woodmam

    The Myth of the SupertraitⅠ- Woodmam

    When Ashley and I began this book, we adamantly chose not to focus just on children’s intellectual prowess. Brainy prodigies were not our goal; rather, we were interested in a more complete perspective of children, including the development of their moral compasses, their behavior around peers, their self-control, and their honesty.We chose this subject at what seemed a fortuitous time. Over the last ten years,...
  • Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn’t Ⅷ- Woodmam

    Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn’t Ⅷ- Woodmam

    A similar argument can be applied to the notion held by our society that having better or lesser verbal skills and reading skills is a function of innate verbal ability. To a parent, these skills seem innate, because from the moment their daughter could talk, she was precocious—speaking full sentences by two, reading words by three and books by four. But the parent’s unaware...
  • Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn’t Ⅵ- Woodmam

    Why Hannah Talks and Alyssa Doesn’t Ⅵ- Woodmam

    It was one thing to learn about these scaffolding techniques from Goldstein and Schwade—but it was another thing to actually see their power in action.Ashley had that chance shortly after we returned from Cornell, when she met her best friends, Glenn and Bonnie Summer, and their twelve-month-old daughter Jenna, for a casual dinner in Westwood, a shopping area in West Los Angeles. Ashley thinks...
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