Grit

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Student Well-Being Opinion A Writing Exercise That Helps Students Build Resilience
When kids write about their successes, they also think about all they had to overcome—which helps both confidence and capability.
Brady K. Jones, June 9, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion 'Grit Is in Our DNA': Why Teaching Grit Is Inherently Anti-Black
The popular trend of teaching grit is actually the education equivalent of "The Hunger Games," argues Bettina L. Love.
Bettina L. Love, February 12, 2019
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Education Opinion Race, Grit, Unlearning, and Systems Change: A Dozen Favorites From the Past Five Years
Jal Mehta highlights a dozen of his "greatest hits," some of his most significant blog posts from the past five years.
Jal Mehta, January 7, 2019
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Student Well-Being Suicides Are on the Rise. Here's How Schools Can Help
With suicides increasing, schools are on the front-line of teen suicide prevention. Here's advice on reducing suicides and reacting appropriately if a suicide does occur.
Lisa Stark, December 4, 2018
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Teaching Profession Opinion What's Missing When We Talk About Grit
Simply praising the value of perseverance has little effect if teachers don’t take the time to learn every student’s story, writes former teacher Luke Reynolds.
Luke Reynolds, October 23, 2018
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Student Well-Being Opinion How Schools Can Help Students Who Don't Graduate on Time
One principal's reflections on the role of 'transfer schools' in supporting persisting students and the importance of research to inform this work.
Urban Education Contributor, August 23, 2018
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Persisting Students' Pathways and Experiences Through High School
Research looks at New York City high school students who don't graduate in four years, but remain enrolled.
Urban Education Contributor, August 20, 2018
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Student Well-Being 'When Are We Going to Use This?' Strategies to Help Students Find Relevance in School Work
A researcher who studies student motivation has developed strategies for helping students find personal relevance of classroom work. That's key to helping them stay engaged, he says.
Evie Blad, January 17, 2018
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Student Well-Being Students Make a Prosthetic Leg for a Duck, Showing the Value of Purpose in Learning
Arkansas middle school students persisted through months of challenges in designing a 3D-printed prosthetic foot for a duck. Researchers say a sense of purpose, like helping an animal, can help engage students in the classroom.
Evie Blad, January 5, 2018
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Teaching No More Easy A's: Classroom Can Be a Breeding Ground for Grit (Q&A)
Schools have a responsibility to instill a growth mindset in students, says positive-psychology expert Caroline Adams Miller.
Kate Stoltzfus, November 21, 2017
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Student Well-Being The Unexpected Reason Some Students Procrastinate
Some students engage in so-called self-handicapping behaviors like procrastination in an attempt to protect themselves from the negative emotions they might feel if they fail at an academic task. How should teachers handle it?
Evie Blad, August 9, 2017
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English-Language Learners For English-Learners, Seeing Peers 'Struggle and Persist' Is Beneficial
New research finds that the grit of a student's peers was twice as influential as individual grit in predicting literacy growth for English-language learners.
Corey Mitchell, July 17, 2017
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Education Opinion Is 'Grit' Really Newsworthy?
Grit is a new name for an old concept.
Walt Gardner, June 26, 2017
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Student Well-Being Is Your Child Showing Grit? School Report Cards Rate Students' Soft Skills
As more schools size up students on nonacademic skills such as grit and responsible decisionmaking, it's a challenge to make the feedback useful—and understandable—for parents.
Evie Blad, May 30, 2017
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