Grand view Elementary

October 14, 2016 • Issue 4 • Page 3

Principal's Corner


Angela Duckworth defines grit as passion, discipline and perseverance for long-term goals.

Grit isn’t talent. Grit isn’t luck. Grit isn’t how intensely, for the moment, you want something.

There are two things you need to know about grit:

  1. Grit predicts success more reliably than talent or I.Q.
  2. Anyone, man or woman, adult or child, can learn to be gritty.

To be gritty is to resist complacency and the "good enough" attitude. In our school, we're working with students to foster and develop grit each day, through the Growth Mindset described above. Why? Because we want our students to have the desire and discipline to persevere when the task is difficult and the odds are against them.

At Home

A couple of words that kids hear often without much explanation are respect and responsibility. While we absolutely want our students to learn what these are, it is important to also talk about what respect and responsibility look and feel like- not just a word that they hear all the time.

Respect is when you show someone a feeling of admiration, or that you look up to them, based on their position, achievements, or abilities. Everyone deserves respect from you, just by being another human being. Some people that deserve respect are positions of authority, like political officials, law enforcement, or parents.

Responsibility is when you are accountable for your actions, even when nobody is watching. An example of this might be doing your homework before your parents ask or remind you to, or looking after a sibling at school, even though you weren't asked.

What are some ways you can talk to your kids at home about Kelso's Choices?

  • Ask your kids to explain how being responsible looks and feels to others.
  • Ask your kids to tell you a way they have been responsible in the last week.
  • Explain that a big part of showing respect to others is to have good manners and use Manners Words – polite words. State that while some of the easiest Manners Words to use are “please” and “thank you,” we sometimes forget to use these words with our friends and our families.