“I usually like a challenge,” Kenneth told me. But like other students, he looks to teachers to set tasks he expects he can reach.
That’s a key factor in motivation, it turns out. Too easy is just boring, students say—but too hard, and they won’t have the confidence to try. Part of that confidence, one student said, comes from his mindset going in. Success builds on success—and a teacher can help.
“They see what you’re able to be,” Arielle explained, “and they just make it so much bigger.”
“I’m still growing right now,” as Farhan puts it. “I’m grasping a new identity.”
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