I was busy early this afternoon trying to balance the need to organize an upcoming geography standards presentation and my desire to fine tune my fantasy football team when a nearby colleague asked a question.

Would you rather have people think you’re smart or hardworking?

My first thought was . . . well . . . mmmmm. Smart! No, wait. Hardworking?

People generally attribute success at any given task to one of four causes: ability, effort, other people and luck

says Bob Marzano and the other folks over at McREL. But Marzano suggests effort also plays a part in student success and that we can increase student learning by finding ways to encourage hard work.

So which is it?

Would you rather be smart? Or hardworking?