Developing Tenacity : Teaching Learners How to Persevere in the Face of Difficulty

Developing Tenacity : Teaching Learners How to Persevere in the Face of Difficulty

by Bill Lucas, Ellen Spencer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785833038
Publisher: Crown House Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 06/30/2018
Series: Pedagogy for a Changing World
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning, With Guy Claxton he created the Expansive Education Network: a group of teacher researchers who share a common view of the goals of education. These goals are outlined in Bill and Guy's seminal book, Educating Ruby. Bill is also co-chair of the new 2021 PISA test of creative thinking, a member of the LEGO Foundation's advisory board and an adviser to Australia's Mitchell Institute.

Dr Ellen Spencer is a senior researcher at the Centre for Real-World Learning. She has a PhD from the University of Warwick, where her doctoral research focused on the impact of policy on school improvement. With Bill Lucas and Guy Claxton, Ellen is co-author of Expansive Education: Teaching learners for the real world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements i

Series Introduction: Capabilities and Pedagogy 1

Changing roles for schools 1

The purposes of education 4

Which capabilities matter most? 5

The idea of signature pedagogies 6

A four-step process to cultivating capabilities in young people 9

Learning to change 14

About the series 15

Chapter 1 Tenacity 17

Resilience 18

Persistence 18

Perseverance 19

Grit 19

Self-control and self-discipline 21

Being cautious in working with tenacity 22

Why tenacity matters today 29

Chapter 2 Cultivating Tenacity 37

Teaching for capability 37

Four signature pedagogies 39

Agency - the golden thread running through tenacity 42

The ecology of tenacious thinkers 43

Two core approaches 44

Putting it all together 45

Focusing on the parts 49

Chapter 3 Getting Going 51

Confident 52

Controlled 70

Committed 83

Connected 94

Chapter 4 Going Deeper 105

Leadership for tenacity 106

Professional development for tenacity 106

Parenting for tenacity 110

Extra-curricular activities for tenacity 112

Chapter 5 Promising Practices 115

School 21, East London, UK - real-world learning, head-hand-heart approach, oracy and a focus on beautiful work 116

Wellington College, UK - a curriculum for well-being, a focus on creating the right culture, signature teaching methods and a focus on the informal curriculum 119

Thoresby Primary School, Hull, UK - infusion, idea of a back-pack and emphasis on language 126

Llanfoist Fawr Primary School, Abergavenny, UK - character award infusing capabilities throughout the curriculum 130

Round Square schools, worldwide - a global community built around six IDEALS of learning with service projects that immerse learners 137

Expeditionary Learning, USA - an approach to raising standards by showing learners exemplary work 144

Mindset Scholars Network, USA - a group of leading social scientists studying and collaring what is known about mindset 148

Jubilee Centre, Birmingham, UK - an interdisciplinary research centre focusing on character, virtues and values 152

Department for Education Character Awards - a £3.5 million programme to promote grit and resilience in UK schoolchildren 154

Partnership for 21st Century Learning, Washington, DC, USA -a national non-profit advocating for the inclusion of 21st century learning in school curricula 156

Penn Resiliency Program, Pennsylvania, USA - evidence-based training programme based on positive psychology 159

Chapter 6 Signs of Success 165

Four broad approaches to assessing tenacity 167

Teachers tracking progress 178

Pupils tracking progress 181

Real-world assessment options 188

Online assessment options 190

Chapter 7 Tenacity Challenges 193

Appendix: Teaching and Learning Methods for Developing the Four Habits of Tenacity 205

References 211

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