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GROWTH MINDSET - WEEK Five FOCUS

Developing grit

This week our focus is on Grit, which is defined as ‘perseverance and passion for long-term goals.’ - Duckworth


When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, she found one characteristic that emerged as a significant predictor of success. It wasn’t IQ, social intelligence, good looks or physical health. It was grit.

FOR YOU PERSONALLY or professionally:

Watch Angela Duckworth’s talk on Grit. Have a think on the decisions you make that impact your level of grit. (The research article and data can be found here).


Also, if you are interested, take this short grit scale to learn more about yourself. How might you be able to increase your level of grit in one area of your life?

FOR YOUR STUDENTS:

For Primary- Have a look at a Perseverance Walk’ lesson, where primary students had an opportunity to interview someone who has worked hard towards a long-term goal, then created and shared a presentation to celebrate a life lived with grit.


Also, here is a link to a list of picture books that implicitly teach grit.


For Secondary- Have a read on how teens benefit from learning about the the struggles of Scientists. Consider how you might be able to share other ‘struggle stories’ in your classroom. Consider three types of struggles:


  • 1. Intellectual struggle stories: stories about how people have struggled intellectually, such as making mistakes while tackling academic problems and learning from these setbacks.

  • 2. Life struggle stories: stories about how people have struggled in their personal lives, such as persevering in the face of poverty or lack of family support.

  • 3. Achievement stories: stories about how people have made great achievements while withstanding significant challenges.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING THIS WEEK?

We would like to begin with thanking everyone for their participation in the whole college staff meeting on Monday. There was a buzz around the school with many staff commenting on the wonderful conversations that were had. This week the lead team were able to meet and summarise the next steps staff highlighted in Mondays staff meeting. Some of the key messages that came through included:

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Thanks from the Lead Team

Sue, Evonne, Tracey, Peter, Mark, Kim.W, Jason. B,

Shann, Maura, Michelle, Leanne and Chris