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Got Grit? GEES PBIS Presentation 9.10.14

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Trista Linden-Warren

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Transcript of Got Grit? GEES PBIS Presentation 9.10.14

Staff will:

Define grit and its importance
Learn how to identify grit in their students
Learn strategies to enhance and teach grit

Why Do We Care About Grit?
"A focus on success in life means that, beyond teaching the three R's [reading, writing, arithmetic], we must also teach character, emotional intelligence, responsibility, and an appreciation for the complexity of human diversity. We must teach the virtues of grit--tenacity, perseverance, and the ability to never give up."
~ Thomas Hoerr, "Fostering Grit"
Research on Grit
Grit Begins with You
Think about your personal experiences and share with your table:
Think about a time you showed your grittiness. What made you gritty at that time?
How can you model grit for your students in the classroom?

Differentiation and Grit
We need to differentiate how we teach grit based the degree of frustration our students can presently accept
Working to develop grit means occasionally and thoughtfully presenting students with learning obstacles that they must overcome to find success
When doing this, we should support our students by providing them with clear tasks, strategies and encouragement
Differentiation and Grit
Content success is not the goal; the real goal is for students to
feel frustration
so they learn how to respond to it
Our brain is a "muscle" and we need to stretch it
Teaching children
how to respond to frustration
and failure requires that they experience frustration and failure
The 6 Steps of Teaching Grit
Motivating & Teaching Students to Succeed
by Instilling Grit

Angela Lee Duckworth: "The Key to Success? Grit" TED Talk
"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck
Fixed mindsets
keep intelligence static, avoid mistakes, and prioritize looking smart over learning.
Because people with
fixed mindsets
seek situations in which success is practically guaranteed, they are unlikely to develop
By contrast, people with
growth mindsets
acknowledge that even though mistakes may not be pleasant or make things easy, they help us learn and become
"Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell
Grit in the form of devoting 10,000 hours to practicing a craft or skill is essential to mastery.
"How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" by Paul Tough
Examines the effect of grit on students who are academically prepared for college but encounter real-world obstacles
"Looked good on paper"
Kids with high SAT scores and high grades weren't always succeeding...
U.S. Department of Education Report
"Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century"
Expresses concern for students who are learning to "
do school
but are not developing the
life skills
to persevere in the face of challenges they will face in the world."
"Educators, administrators, policymakers, technology designers, parents and researchers should consider how to
give grit, tenacity, and perseverance
in curriculum, teaching practices, teacher professional development, programs, technology adoption, and out-of-school support."
You & Your Students
Differentiation for Grit Occurs in 3 Contexts
Encourage students to learn in a way that doesn't come easily to them
From a multiple-intelligence perspective, this means having students use one of the intelligences that is not a strength if theirs
Reframe problems
Students need perspective about problems to keep from giving up, quitting, or losing hope. "Life can be hard and luck is an illusion."
Acknowledge the sacrifice and time grit requires
We are what we do, and if we study less and work less, we learn less, and are less successful
Help students develop intentional habits
Habits and self-control require grit
Using content to help students learn grit means introducing them to levels of complexity that cause frustration; we may intentionally take our students out of their comfort zones
e.g., Common Core
Teach the language of grit & lessons that incorporate examples of grit, perseverance, reaching one's goals
Perseverance Walk, setting SMART goals, famous "failures"
The product can be such that students must overcome obstacles to create it
Teach a growth mindset
Frame the work as: the goal is to stretch our brain, not accuracy
Establish the Environment
Set the Expectations
Monitor the Experience
Teach the Vocabulary
Create the Frustration
Reflect and Learn
Grit =
for long term goals

Grit = working towards challenges and
maintaining effort despite failure

(Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, & Kelly, 2007)

Grit Defined
If you're making a grit omelet, you'll have to break some eggs. - Daniel Jarvis
Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience & Perseverance
We, as educators, both live and teach GRIT.

got grit?
We need to provide opportunities to learn grit before kids can just "have" it
Laura Groft
Georgetown East ES
October 8, 2014


The Duckworth Lab (UPenn)
Shira Reicher, AACPS School Psychologist (Consult)
Horace Buddoo (Prezi)
Why Do We Care About Grit?
Self-control (& grit):
Predicts changes in report card grades better than intelligence
Protects children from unhealthy weight gain
Associated with lower levels of cigarette smoking, drug use, and binge drinking
Equates to more friends
Duckworth, et al., 2012; Duckworth et al., 2010; Romer et al., 2010; Allred & Duckworth, 2012)
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