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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Resources on Fostering Grit

From Edutopia

January 5, 2016

Explore an array of resources about understanding and building student perseverance, and consider questions raised by the research on grit. 

Theories and Research on Grit
  • The Key to Success? Grit: Watch researcher Angela Lee Duckworth explain her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success, in this TED Talk. (TED Talks, 2013)
  • True Grit: Read an overview article with information for both beginning and experienced educators on Angela Duckworth’s research on grit. (Association for Psychological Science, 2013)

Understand the Debate About Grit

  • What’s Wrong With Grit: Consider factors related to the research on grit and grit’s place in the larger puzzle of human development. (The Berkeley Blog, 2014)

  • Got Grit: Examine important questions raised within the context of discussions of grit. (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)
  • Grit, Luck, and Money: Explore an outstanding set of articles/podcast that navigates the challenges faced by disadvantaged students entering college, many of whom struggle to get to graduation. Going beyond grit to the need for ongoing supports, Emily Hanford profiles the support model at work in YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school network Edutopia profiled in 2009: "College-Bound Culture in Houston." (American Public Media, 2012)

In rural New Hampshire, fifth-grade teacher Amy Lyon has created
a curriculum based on researcher Angela Duckworth's ideas about grit.
Students set and work toward their own long-term goals, learning valuable
lessons about dealing with frustration and distractions along the way.

Take on Grit in Schools and Classrooms
  • Teach Kids to Use the Four-Letter Word: Find three activities that you can implement tomorrow to get students thinking about effort instead of outcome, ask them reflect about experiences with struggle, and create forums for class-wide discussions of grit. (Edutopia, 2014)
  • Learning Mindsets: The 'Grit' of Learning: Learn about several strategies pursued by the mathematics department at Baruch College Campus High School in Manhattan to support student effort and shift student mindsets. (Homeroom/U.S. Department of Education, 2015).
  • Teachers Weigh in on How to Identify Grit: Learn about a report on LAUSD schools from Educators4Excellence, a teacher-led organization, featuring findings, case studies, and grit checklists from Los Angeles schools; strengthening school culture was cited by a majority of schools as critical to success. (Hechinger Report, 2013)

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