Category Archives: character education

Do your students have ‘Grit’?

What is Grit?
“Grit is a disposition to pursue very long term goals with passion and perseverance.” Angela Duckworth, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania.

Watch this 6:20 minute video to see how one young boy demonstrates grit. Sample goals are provided by students to give you ideas to discuss with your students about setting an attainable goal. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals as a guide can help with the planning. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Sensitive.

Amy Lyon, a fifth grade teacher has developed lessons to help students to become ‘Gritty’. She demonstrates how she sets students on a task to find out how perseverance in someone’s life made a difference to them over time. Students are led on aPerseverance Walk.