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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.

  • In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

    The psychologist, researcher, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth believes that to make better decisions in our school systems, we need to rethink the way we measure student capabilities.
    Stephen Merrill
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    With Stress in Schools Increasing, Simple Strategies to Stay Calm

    In North Carolina, a program offers ‘rapid resets’ to help teachers and students calm their minds and bodies and get back to learning.
  • Taking a Quick Walk to De-escalate

    When the situation feels out of control, a short stroll can soothe jangled nerves and gently bring the thinking brain back online.
  • 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.
  • Sipping Water for Self-Care During the School Day

    An action as easy as taking a sip of water can help teachers and students calm themselves in stressful situations.
  • A watercolor painting of a silhouette of a person jumping up in the night sky to reach a glowing, golden moon

    Tips for Teaching Realistic Optimism

    Some simple strategies can help students reframe challenges as opportunities for growth.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 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.
  • Using Physical Work to Calm the Brain

    Mindful attention to the simple act of lifting or moving a heavy object can bring awareness to the body and calm the brain.
  • Pushing a Wall to Settle the Nervous System

    When a teacher or student feels triggered, focusing on a physical activity like leaning into a wall can help reset the brain.
  • 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.
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    5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character

    Five videos and a set of resources for celebrating Character Day on September 26.
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    Resources for Responding to Trauma and Tragedy

    Guidance for supporting students who have experienced trauma or grief and for coping with violence and disasters.
  • A side profile of a male and female adult from the waist up standing in a spacious white-walled room looking in the same direction. There's a black and white painting behind them, and a green, potted plant beside them.

    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.

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