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Here We Go Again! Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?

Here We Go Again! Does Teaching Kids To Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead? | Teacher Learning Networks | Scoop.it
Education circles are abuzz with a new concept: that resilience and persistence are just as important as intelligence to predicting student success and achievement. But can "grit" actually be taught?
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Before quickly trotting down this "gritty path", please note that strong, evidence based research does not exist on this concept yet. It is mostly antidotal. And the grit movement is clearly a push back from education's decades long love affair with the "self-esteem" movement.  And, yes, it makes logical sense at a "gut" level, especially within the more affluent communities where cutting, eating disorders, at-risk behaviors, and teen suicides have become far too common.  But how is grit being operationalized within schools?  An example offered on NPR is one school deciding to toss-out their multiple intelligences curriculum because "life doesn't always throw challenges at someone according to their preferred learning style(s)".  Well, that's true.  (BTW: Multiple intelligences as a concept has its own theoretical battle-wounds)  Balance is probably the best operative word as teachers (and parents) tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to new learning concepts.   Ultimately, extrapolating "grit" from other notable character traits may prove to be quite difficult.  My take....

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 17, 2014 1:28 PM

Grit is not teachable, but it is learnable. Placed in caring and supportive environments, students have the opportunity to learn grit and what it takes to succeed. This means adults have to know when to help and when to step back based on the child. I used Costa and Kallick's habits of mind along with critical thinking as a foundation and it works.

Linda Alexander's comment, March 17, 2014 4:41 PM
Ivon, I agree with your comments. Grit, or whatever term you prefer, must be dished out according to the needs of the child. I know many children learn grit every single day of their lives.....
Ivon Prefontaine's comment, March 17, 2014 7:53 PM
Well said Linda.
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Celebrating resilience - reframing the narrative around our students: Clint Smith at TEDxManhattan - YouTube

http://tedxmanhattan.org http://clintsmithiii.com Educator and poet Clint Smith teaches English at Parkdale High School in Prince George's County, MD. In the...
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Moving and memorable....worth your time and attention!  

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