Friday Focus

Friday, January 15, 2016


Grit is the new it. People are talking the next generation as soft America and severely lacking in resilience and determination. So now, we want to build and develop children with grit. How do you build or foster grit in kids? I've been making a personal list of people I grew up around that were gritty. Some experienced hardship at a young age and they had to make a decision at a fork in the road. Some come from really hardworking families that seem determined by nature and persevered because it's simply the right thing to do. The point is, I've been fortunate to have people in my life that modeled grit without realizing it. People that spoke words to me like, "There aren't any shortcuts for this." "Life isn't fair." "Hard work pays off." Simple phrases that seem generic in nature or even cliche. When coupled with actions, these people have had a profound effect on my work ethic and how I view obstacles. Somehow, I've benefited from the people that weren't even related to me because I was able to watch them live their lives every day. Our kids are benefitting by watching you and how you handle hard work.

I was googling grit as this Friday Focus rolled around in my mind this week. Wikipedia's entry on grit added a new element for me. My adjectives for grit have always been hardworking, determination, and perseverance. But I love this spin on grit from Wiki:

"Individuals high in grit are able to maintain their determination and motivation over long periods despite experiences with failure and adversity. Their passion and commitment towards the long-term objective is the overriding factor that provides the stamina required to “stay the course” amid challenges and set-backs. Essentially, the grittier person is focused on winning the marathon, not the sprint."

I guess I never wondered why people on my list were gritty, other than it must have been part of their character. But there it is in black and white, "passion and commitment towards the long-term objective." Gritty people are passionate and committed, it fits every personal scenario I've conjured up and I feel a little simple-minded for not pairing those adjectives and mine. That's what I want for my personal children, my students, and my staff. We need your personal passion and commitment to drive you through all of the obstacles and road blocks that pop up in the second semester. This is the time of year that teachers find themselves thinking, "I wonder if I'm qualified to do anything else?" The work is hard and we are slowly inching toward testing season which naturally invites stress into our lives. My prayer is that you will dig deep and decide that your students are worth the extra hard work. I need to you to get down and gritty.

Family Science Night

5th Graders using QR Codes to solve equations!

Upcoming Dates

1/18 School Holiday!

1/19 6th Grade GT

1/20 5th Grade GT

1/20 TELPAS Rating Meeting after school

1/20 5th Grade Spelling Competition

1/22 Literacy Audit

1/22 Speech ARDS

1/22 LPAC 11:30 am

1/23 5th Grade UIL Competition - Crandall

1/26 GT Field Trip

1/27 ARDS/504 Meetings

1/28 ARDS/J. Hentschel Pod Field Trip

1/29 Jacob Pod Field Trip