GRIT is a term we should be using a lot in education, especially when discussing the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I am completing my ninth year of teaching; next year I will again be in a first grade classroom. I have previously taught second and fifth grades but I’m excited to continue my work with first graders. I have found that, with Common Core, I am able to develop even the youngest students into critical thinkers who will find success in the face of adversity along whatever path they choose. My students have shown plenty of grit at every grade level I have taught. It is critical that we educators do the same.
In her now famous TED Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth says that the most successful students tackle academic challenges with resolve and do it repeatedly despite possible failure. She says that we as educators have to be willing to join in this process. “In other words, we need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier.” When it comes to the rigor of the CCSS and the standards’ implementation, I couldn’t agree more.