George Lucas Educational Foundation

Resilience and Grit

Research underscores the importance of bouncing back from adversity and persevering through challenges. But are these teachable skills? Find and share resources to answer that question here.

  • A Teacher Appreciation Week for the Ages

    When schools abruptly closed due to Covid-19, teachers figured out how to make remote learning work. This week, as the nation expresses its gratitude, we recap the emotional journey.
  • How to Encourage Independent Thinking in Math

    Breaking the habit of scaffolding her students’ learning, one teacher stepped back to provide them with space for productive struggle.
    Sarah Gonser
  • The Difference Between Productive Struggle and Spinning Your Wheels

    Identifying when students are repeating problems but not actually progressing towards mastery can help educators refine their instruction.
  • Tips for Teaching Realistic Optimism

    Some simple strategies can help students reframe challenges as opportunities for growth.
  • Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset

    Find information about growth mindset, discover how learning mindsets can affect student performance, and explore strategies that support student confidence.
  • The Warm Demander: An Equity Approach

    "Warm demander" teachers expect great things from their students, convince them of their own brilliance, and help them reach their potential in a disciplined, structured environment.
    Matt Alexander
  • True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

    Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think. When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in tough neighborhoods, and West Point cadets, she found: One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn't social intelligence. It wasn't good looks, physical health, and it wasn't IQ. It was grit.
  • Resources on Developing Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset

    Resources related to building the skills young people need to confront adversity, cope with challenges, and persevere to attain goals.
  • 5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character

    Five videos and a set of resources for celebrating Character Day on September 26.
  • 7 Lessons for Teachers From Dumbledore

    The fictional headmaster of Hogwarts possesses wisdom that all teachers can draw on.
  • Resources for Responding to Trauma and Tragedy

    Guidance for supporting students who have experienced trauma or grief and for coping with violence and disasters.
  • Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

    Avoid burnout through positive self-talk and self-reflection, managing your workload, embracing the little joys of teaching, becoming more resilient, and temporarily setting your problems aside.
  • Learning Through Mistakes

    For these arts students—for all students—learning comes from taking risks, making mistakes, and applying feedback.
  • Boosting Resilience Through Creativity

    Creativity is a resource for coping with stress—and it can be as simple as just asking questions to enhance our sense of wonder.
  • Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

    Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien, teachers and authors, discuss the value of making mistakes and helping students adopt the mindset to view their mistakes as healthy challenges rather than crushing defeats.