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Why I'm Tired of 'Grit'

The K-12 infatuation with "grit" offers an impractical and unfair model for education, writes educator James R. Delisle.

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'Success' is complex. 'Success' in learning is no different. A tendency to simplistic explanations is not healthy in education. This post outlines why the simplistic use of 'grit' is limited. In doing so, the post runs the risk of using concepts of relative ability, genetics, and context in a simplistic manner. All of the above influence 'success'. The athletics concept of a 'personal best' allows for the complex interplay of these factors.
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Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 14, 6:57 PM
'Success' is complex. 'Success' in learning is no different. A tendency to simplistic explanations is not healthy in education. This post outlines why the simplistic use of 'grit' is limited. In doing so, the post runs the risk of using concepts of relative ability, genetics, and context in a simplistic manner. All of the above influence 'success'. The athletics concept of a 'personal best' allows for the complex interplay of these factors.
Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, March 15, 7:35 AM
'Success' is complex. 'Success' in learning is no different. A tendency to simplistic explanations is not healthy in education. This post outlines why the simplistic use of 'grit' is limited. In doing so, the post runs the risk of using concepts of relative ability, genetics, and context in a simplistic manner. All of the above influence 'success'. The athletics concept of a 'personal best' allows for the complex interplay of these factors.
Susan Wegmann's curator insight, April 22, 11:57 AM
Food for thought. . . 
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5 Signs That You’re Working Too Hard (And How to Fix Them)

5 Signs That You’re Working Too Hard (And How to Fix Them) | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
Workaholics are in serious trouble. Not only are they more likely to suffer from heart disease and migraines, but more than half of workaholic marriages end in divorce (over three times the divorce rate of non-workaholic marriages). Are you headed towards a similar fate? The average number of working hours, at least in the United…
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It's Not About the Nail

"Don't try to fix it. I just need you to listen." Every man has heard these words. And they are the law of the land. No matter what.
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"Difficult Conversations" with Fred Kofman

Educational video directed, produced and edited by Ashley Tindall for LeanIn.org. Shot at Facebook HQ March 2013.
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Aussie Teens Are Indulging In Too Much Screen Time: What's To Be Done?

Aussie Teens Are Indulging In Too Much Screen Time: What's To Be Done? | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
A joint report by Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation has shed new light on the long-term health impacts of electronic devices ...
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What Really Works When You're Too Anxious To Fall Asleep

What Really Works When You're Too Anxious To Fall Asleep | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
Why is it that just when our heads hit the pillow our thoughts take off in a sprint?

Our brains have this annoying tendency to ruminate on worst-case scenarios and other negative reflections at night -- and all that worry is seriously disrupting o...
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Mindfulness Mitigates Biases You May Not Know You Have - HBR

Mindfulness Mitigates Biases You May Not Know You Have - HBR | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
Research on overcoming implicit age and racial bias.
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12 Mental Health Mistakes You Might Be Making

12 Mental Health Mistakes You Might Be Making | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it

By Carey Rossi

"Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control -- the death of a loved one, a job loss or financial troubles. But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize..."


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Allan Shaw's curator insight, November 24, 2014 4:15 PM

The positive facets of life that lie under these 'mistakes' are - be present in the moment, self monitor, keep a spread of activities in your life and remember humans are relational beings, the people around us matter.

These 12 habits are mistakes when they become indicative of a loss of balance in life and thus indicate potential problems.

Self monitoring the extent to which you do these things is possibly a good barometer. A little of each will not hurt but ....

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How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom

How to Save the Lost Students In Your Classroom | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
Instead of focusing on the high performing, front-row kids and neglecting the lost, skid-row kids in the back of the room, teachers can turn their classrooms into fertile ground that nurtures all students....

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The Next Big Thing in Well-Being

The Next Big Thing in Well-Being | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it

If you’re not supporting the emotional well-being of your employees, handing out pedometers or apples isn’t going to amount to much.

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Work isn't the main reason for your stress, but the consequences of living with emotional stress play out at work.

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The Kind Of Therapy Every Teen Needs

The Kind Of Therapy Every Teen Needs | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
Though at times it may not feel like it, we're not as isolated as we imagine. Reading about characters who confront and overcome similar predicaments and hurdles reminds us that there's always a way through and that we can all survive, and actually e...
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Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids?

Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids? | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
The decline in time children have for free play could be tied to increased levels of depression and acute anxiety among young people.
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Overwhelmed? 10 ways to feel less busy

Overwhelmed? 10 ways to feel less busy | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
You can’t do it all, so try Oliver Burkeman’s tips to reclaim your time and your sanity

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"And yet it’s been obvious for a while now that the busyness epidemic isn’t what it seems. Data reliably shows we have more leisure time than in the past, not less....Last year, a survey of thousands of adults in 28 countries found that most of us don’t believe how busy others claim to be, and that we frequently feel pressured to exaggerate our own busyness: we perform being overwhelmed, scared we’ll seem like slackers if we don’t – and soon we’ve convinced ourselves, too. All of which isn’t to say that the epidemic is imaginary – we really do feel too busy, after all – but that the real problem is the feeling, not the sheer number of things on our plates."
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"And yet it’s been obvious for a while now that the busyness epidemic isn’t what it seems. Data reliably shows we have more leisure time than in the past, not less....Last year, a survey of thousands of adults in 28 countries found that most of us don’t believe how busy others claim to be, and that we frequently feel pressured to exaggerate our own busyness: we perform being overwhelmed, scared we’ll seem like slackers if we don’t – and soon we’ve convinced ourselves, too. All of which isn’t to say that the epidemic is imaginary – we really do feel too busy, after all – but that the real problem is the feeling, not the sheer number of things on our plates."
Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, March 15, 7:35 AM
"And yet it’s been obvious for a while now that the busyness epidemic isn’t what it seems. Data reliably shows we have more leisure time than in the past, not less....Last year, a survey of thousands of adults in 28 countries found that most of us don’t believe how busy others claim to be, and that we frequently feel pressured to exaggerate our own busyness: we perform being overwhelmed, scared we’ll seem like slackers if we don’t – and soon we’ve convinced ourselves, too. All of which isn’t to say that the epidemic is imaginary – we really do feel too busy, after all – but that the real problem is the feeling, not the sheer number of things on our plates."
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A 5-point plan for teacher #wellbeing by @TeacherToolkit

A 5-point plan for teacher #wellbeing by @TeacherToolkit | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
Here is my 5-point plan for improving teacher wellbeing across England. "No business organisation with a 40% attrition rate would last long in any sector." Context: Staff wellbeing is not a periphe...
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10 Ways to Be More Mindful at Work

What is Mindfulness? And how can it be applied at work? When you exercise these ways to stay mindful throughout your workday, you will master important facets…

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 20, 2015 6:40 PM

This Slideshare is a useful summary about Mindfulness, its advantages and how to begin to implement it into your attitudes and approaches. My experiences and efforts over 25 years suggest these approaches and attitudes work, albeit they are not always simple to implement and are likely to always remain a work in practice for me. 'Have a go' but you need to 'stick at it' to begin to feel change and improvement. Thank you to one of my colleagues, Chris Hilton, for sharing this with me.

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A Simple Smile

A Simple Smile | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
I love this tweet: School culture building can be as low-tech as smiling at one another #satchatwc #DPCDSB #butwestillneedWiFi — Helena Mesich (@mesich_dpcdsb) February 7, 2015 Honestly, I could no...
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Safer Internet Day 2015 - Let's create a better internet together: Cybersmart

Safer Internet Day 2015 - Let's create a better internet together: Cybersmart | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
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Professor Donna Cross - National Centre Against Bullying

Professor Donna Cross - National Centre Against Bullying | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
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The National Centre Against Bullying

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Innovation Excellence | Starting starts with starting.

Innovation Excellence | Starting starts with starting. | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
If you haven’t done it before and you want to start, you have only one option – to start. Much as there’s a huge difference between lightning and lightning bug, there’s a world of difference between starting and talking about starting.
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The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager

The Three Most Important Questions You Can Ask Your Teenager | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
he millennials are accomplishing great things. But too many of them look inside only to peer into a void that we, at least in part, have helped to create. In our efforts to push our kids ahead, we have forgotten to ask why pushing ahead is important ...
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Jeff Iliff: One more reason to get a good night’s sleep - YouTube

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receiv...
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The heart of learning.

The heart of learning. | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it

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What is at the heart of a good school? The focus should be on wellbeing, resilience and optimism.

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Too much screen time and too little outside play is holding back kids

Too much screen time and too little outside play is holding back kids | Wellbeing and pastoral care | Scoop.it
Parents are often told they need to get their kids outside to play to combat childhood obesity - which is more widespread than ever. But outside play isn’t only important in combating childhood obesity…
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