Food for Thought Friday: Can We Teach Students “Grit?”

by Kristie Burk

Earlier this week, I shared with you a blog on growth mindset. Today, we are going to talk some more about how teachers can improve students’ grit in class.

Do you believe that it can be done? Can you teach students how to be “grittier” or is it a fixed part of their personality?

Can teachers help develop students’ grit?

I found an excellent article on edutopia called “True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It” by Vicki Davis. In the article, she discusses 11 ways that she is “tackling grit” in her classroom.

“In my ninth grade classroom, January starts with a video about John Foppe, born with no arms, who excelled as an honor student, drove his own car, and became a successful psychologist and speaker while creatively using his feet. We also talk to Westwood alum Scott Rigsby, the first double amputee to complete an Ironman competition. These are gritty people. Life is hard, and luck is an illusion.” – Vicki Davis

If you’d like some food for thought this Friday, read the article and think about ways that you can help students develop their grit…and maybe your own!


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