Fostering Grit: How do I prepare my students for the real world? (ASCD Arias)

Fostering Grit: How do I prepare my students for the real world? (ASCD Arias)

by Thomas R Hoerr


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For too long, educators have focused only on getting students ready for the next test, for the next grade, for graduation, or maybe for college. Students must be prepared to succeed in school, and they must know how to read, write, and calculate. But that's only the beginning. Our job-whether we teach kindergarten, 5th grade, or high school or we lead a school or district-is to prepare students for success in the real world. To do so, we must also teach grit. Grit is a combination of tenacity and perseverance-a willingness to take risks even if it means sometimes failing and starting again. Knowing how to respond to frustration and failure is essential whether a student struggles or excels. Veteran school leader and popular Educational Leadership columnist Thomas R. Hoerr shows what teaching for grit looks like and provides a sample lesson plan and self-assessments, along with a six-step process applicable across grade levels and content areas to help students build skills they need to succeed in school and in life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416617075
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Series: ASCD Arias
Pages: 46
Sales rank: 591,200
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Why Grit? 1

Differentiation and Grit 4

Grit Begins with You 10

Grit and Competition 14

The Six Steps of Teaching for Grit 17

Grit Takes a Village 28

Halls and Walls 31

Teaching for Grit: A Lesson Plan 32

Troubleshooting 36

Encore 39

References 44

Related Resources 46

About the Author 47

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