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The key to success? Grit
What is grit?
“perseverance and passion for long-term goals”
Full Grit Definition from Wikipedia
What examples and non examples can you give for grit?
How is it the same/different from perseverance or persistence?
16 Habits of Mind
(see habit 1)
Quotes on persistence
How is it related to
, tenacity, ambition,
, and comfort zone?
How do you measure grit?
Does it relate to Marzano's
How do you "teach" grit?
by Carol Dweck
Interviews from her Brainology site
Tech Nation interview
Failure Factor: are we missing key opportunities?
What Do Kids Really Learn from Failure?
Collect anecdotes of students, community members, and famous figures demonstrating grit
Find songs that exemplify aspects of grit such as
Have students self-assess before, during, and/or after a lesson/project - See Grit Scale and Effort Rubric above
Have students keep a Grit log
List and discuss opportunities for grit during school activities and outside of school activities. Discuss how their responses compare.
backronyms for F.A.I.L.
Find opportunities small and large for
Challenge Based Learning
How do you know when to stop/give up on a project?
Try, try again? Psychologists question the value of 'grit'
What is a
How can a teacher determine the equivalent of a
Zone of Proximal Development
for grit? (What degree of frustration can a student currently deal with?)
Is there a good ratio for success/failure similar to that of
Is grit typically easier to learn/demonstrate for typical A students or for more average students? Or, "gifted" students? What other types of students might experience grit differently or need help developing grit differently?
The Trouble With Bright Kids
Could grit be misconstrued by teachers/administrators as compliance? Should it be tightly connected to engagement or student selected goals?
Is it fair to bring grit into the conversation if students don't have choice in the curriculum? Isn't interest one of the four traits? (interest, practice, purpose, and hope)
Freakonomics Radio: How to Get More Grit in Your Life
"Substitute nuance for novelty."
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century
(U.S. Dept of Ed)
True Grit: Can Perseverance be Taught?
Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?
Can Focus On ‘Grit’ Work In School Cultures That Reward Grades?
Alfie Kohn on Grit
Is failure useful?
"Grit" Part 2 - Is "Slack" What Kids Need?
The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”
Why True Grit Matters In The Face Of Adversity
For President, I Want the Guy Who's Failed
How to Foster Grit, Tenacity & Perseverence in Learning
Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning
The Significance of Grit: A Conversation with Angela Lee Duckworth
Self-Regulation: The Other 21st Century Skills
Great set of questions for students to ask themselves
by Jay Bilas
Keep Going: The Art of Perseverance
by Joseph M. Marshall III
Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue
help on how to format text
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