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Stress Makes You Strong?

In a return to an earlier blog topic, I am circling back to raising gritty kids. What a perfect time of the year to continue with that theme. Returning from the winter break the school is plunged into the reality that for 7th and 8th grade students, mid-term exams are right around the corner. 6th grade has its share of 'back to reality" as well. Let's explore a couple of findings.

According to the New York Times article, kids who were told they were "hard workers" as opposed to being "smart" became better performers and more confident. The same article goes on to say that a moderate amount of stress in childhood promotes resilience. Instead of making everything in life easy, children who learned resilience were much more able to cope with everyday stressors. It doesnt hurt to fall and learn how to pick oneself up.

The article goes on to say teachers who expect a lot from their students get results. My favorite line is, "There is something to be said about a teacher who is demanding and tough not because he thinks students will never learn but because he is so absolutely certain that they will. At the core is the belief, faith really, in students' ability to do better."

The feedback from students who have had teachers who have high but realistic expectations is that they learned discipline, self-motivation, resilience, and the ability to bounce back.

Those are valuable quailities to prepare our students not only for exams at the end of the month but for life. That's what we do around here - prepare our students for the next step surrounded with adults who care to see them succeed.

Posted by spettigrew on Friday January, 10, 2014

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