GRIT

Success in the real world depends on sustained performance. Studies have constantly shown this to be more important than IQ or physical gifts. Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at Penn. has discovered the factor that enables us put in the long hours of intense, deliberate practice necessary to acquire the talent needed for success when practice is not fun or obstacles are in the way. It is something she calls GRIT.   

"I don't think people can become truly gritty and great at things they don't love," Duckworth says. "So when we try to develop GRIT in kids, we also need to find and help them cultivate their passions. That's as much a part of the equation here as the hard work and the persistence." It's a little bit of a chicken-and-egg kind of question. Passion may drive kids to be gritty, but being gritty and able to tolerate failure also enables kids to develop and pursue a passion.

There are potential risks and costs to GRIT. It may not always be productive to persevere in the face of challenge. For example, persevering to accomplish goals that are extrinsically motivated, unimportant to the student, or in some way inappropriate for the student can potentially induce stress, anxiety, and distraction, and have detrimental impacts on a student’s long-term retention, conceptual learning, or psychological well-being.

WE CAN HELP STUDENTS DEVELOP GRIT BY TEACHING THEM

  •  Academic Mindsets.  A core mindset that supports perseverance is called the “growth mindset”—knowing “My ability and competence grow with my effort.”
  •  Effortful Control.  Successful students marshal willpower and regulate their attention in the face of distractions and when preforming dull tasks necessary for long term success
  •  Strategies and Tactics. Students need actionable skills for taking responsibility and initiative, and for being productive under conditions of uncertainty—for example, defining tasks, planning, monitoring, changing course of action, and dealing with specific obstacles. 

GRIT WEB RESOURCES

GRIT OVERVIEW

MINDSET RESOURCES

EFFORTFUL CONTROL


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