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Resilience and Grit

Resources on Grit and Perseverance

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

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Understand the Debate About Grit

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Take on Grit in Schools and Classrooms

  • True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It: Explore all the ways that one educator is tackling grit in her classroom and school. (Edutopia, 2014)
  • 5 Steps to Foster Grit in the Classroom: Discover five ways that educators can prepare students to take on challenging work and solve big problems (Edutopia, 2014).
  • 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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