Help students understand that success in school is due more to perseverance than native intelligence. Research shows that kids who think intelligence is the luck of the draw -- and they were unlucky -- are much less motivated to try that are kids who believe that they can succeed. Make "Success is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration" your classroom motto.
To learn more about hard work and academic success, read KIPP Principal Talks About Hard Work, Success, and Challenges.
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