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Why You Should Raise Gritty Kids

As I mentioned in my first blog of the year, we would be exploring more about Grit and what that means for our students. Mrs. Volker and I were talking the other day about the validation we get for what Warren-Walker has always been doing. The following is a good example.

I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal, Tough Teachers Get Results, to which I will be referring in a few of my blogs this fall. One of the points was, "Grit trumps Talent". That is worth exploring. According to University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth, "grit - defined as passion and perseverance for long-term goals- is the best predictor of of success." Lots of our kids exhibit grit every day-working hard and reaping the results. Prof. Duckworth believes that grit can be taught.

We teach grit to our students by helping them achieve their goals through planning, organizing, and just plain hard work. It's not always the most talented student, athlete, artist who is most successful. It is the one who wants the success the most and is willing to put in the time it takes to achieve. In the recent bestseller, Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, are told the stories of extremely innovative and successful people. All achieved their fame and fortune through great practice and hard work.

Prof. Duckworth found through her research that optimism is an important factor in having grit. Optimists were found to make the greatest academic strides.

In the next few blogs I'll be giving tips on how to raise gritty kids.


Posted by spettigrew on Tuesday October, 1, 2013

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