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Grit

Putting the Brakes on Adolescent Impulse: The Age of Opportunity

Linda Flanagan | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Linda Flanagan

Adolescence begins with puberty and ends, ambiguously, with the makings of adult independence: marriage, financial self-sufficiency, employment.

The Days When It's Most Important To Keep Going

Amanda Dai | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Amanda Dai

I realized I didn't just improve my skills as a gymnast. After today, I grew as a person. Because on days like these, if you can push yourself one step further, that's when you get immeasurably stronger.

A Basic Flaw in the Argument Against Affirmative Action

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.24.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Think of how different the school years of all kids -- rich and poor -- would be if education were aligned with life, instead of tailored to the needs of Princeton statisticians. We might begin to make progress after decades of failed education reform,.

Vulnerable Young Women Already Have Grit--They Need the Chance to Lead

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 08.30.2014 | Education
Courtney Macavinta

Some people say youth today need more grit or gumption. Some do. But the truth for those of us like me who've survived being traumatized by violence...

The Teacher Called My Son a Dream Student, But I Refuse to Call Him Smart

Clint Edwards | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

Being labeled smart has a lot of drawbacks. It places a person on a pedestal, and if they take risks, they might fail, and lose the their smart status. Plus, when someone is gifted, they shouldn't have to work hard... right? Stupid people have to put effort into something. Or at least that is what's commonly understood.

Wisdom From an Eighth-Grader in Saudi Arabia

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Carol J. Carter

At a time when students are commonly awarded for taking AP classes, getting a 4.0, and getting high scores on standardized tests, eighth-grader Karen Grace was awarded for her strength of character.

What's Wrong With Grit?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Are students who demonstrate high levels of grit --particularly when pressured by parents and teachers -- dealing with their emotions in a positive or negative way?

Do You Have Grit?

Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Darlene Mininni, PhD, MPH

Have you ever wanted to give up on something that you really, really wanted because it was just too darn hard to keep trying? You can't run one more step, write one more word, endure one more dead end? Join the club.

Passion, Perseverance and Our Expanding Definition of Success

Robert 'Reb' Rebele | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert 'Reb' Rebele

If you have a clearly identified passion that already fits well with the rest of your life, grit seems likely to work in your favor. For the rest of us, though, the answer is less clear. We may first need to spend some time understanding our own definition of success.

'He's Not Motivated': How Can We Strengthen a Child's Effort and Motivation to Learn?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

To understand a child's lack of motivation, we need to return to first principles: Children, when they are not angry or discouraged, want to do well. They want to earn our praise and approval, and they want us to be proud of them. Children may say that they don't care, but they do care.

True American Grit

Vicki Cobb | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

According to psychologist, Angela Duckworth, the most important trait for success is grit. There is no better example than American homesteaders.

The 9 Essential Habits Of Mentally Strong People

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living

In 1914, Thomas Edison's lab burned down, and years' worth of his work was destroyed. This could easily be described as the worst thing to happen to E...

Schools and Parents Have to Work Together on Character Education

Hilary Wilce | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Hilary Wilce

Character education starts early, and it's impossible for schools and teachers to do this by themselves. Parents must step up.

6 Ways for Parents to Teach Kids About Grit

Jessica Smock | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jessica Smock

Can "grit" be taught? Can tenacity and self-discipline be part of the curriculum? How can parents instill these "character"-based qualities in their children?

40 Ways to Reinvent Yourself in 2014

Russell C. Smith | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

1. Write a list. Words you put on the page or screen have the power to turn your ideas into actions.

Where Purpose Is in Pitfalls and Potential Is in Possibility

Cara Dixon | Posted 01.27.2014 | TED Weekends
Cara Dixon

The perspective that life is a marathon, not a sprint, endangers the belief that the result will provide immediate gratification. To a culture that runs on making results readily available, this notion may present challenges.

Grit Was My Only Choice

Amy Purdy | Posted 01.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Amy Purdy

I came home from work one day with what I thought was the flu and less than 24 hours later I was on life support and was given less than a two percent chance of living.

Visionary Grit

Miles Kimball | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Miles Kimball

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGrit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. But that is not enough. Grit also comes from having a vision, a dream, a picture in the mind's eye.

Grit Means Getting Up Close and Personal With Failure

Lindsay Ferrier | Posted 01.25.2014 | TED Weekends
Lindsay Ferrier

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI got my own first taste of grit right after I graduated from college. Armed with good grades, several internships, and stellar recommendations, I thought I'd be deluged with job offers. I thought wrong.

How Can We Help Our Children Become 'Grittier?'

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAs Angela tells us, they are often talented and smart. But when it is time to write an essay, practice an instrument, or study for an exam, they procrastinate or give up.

WATCH: The Surprising Trait That's MUCH More Important Than IQ

TEDTalks | Posted 11.15.2013 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

angela duckworthNever give up! It's more than just a platitude. In her extensive research, psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth found the #1 predictor of a person's success.

The Trouble With 21st Century Skills

Jordan Shapiro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jordan Shapiro

Unrelated to new technologies, or digital literacy, 21st Century Skills are all about desirable character traits. I'm all for a move away from dependence on standardized test scores, but the focus on "character" is suspect.

Renee Jain: Teaching Children the Third Metric of Success

Renee Jain | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Renee Jain

Perseverance and passion matter at least as much, if not more, than other cognitive qualities. As I see it, grit is a tool that levels the playing field.

The Missing Piece -- How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools

John Bridgeland | Posted 09.20.2013 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Arithmetic and higher math skills are embedded in school goals, but not necessarily persistence and grit. As a result, an "either/or" dynamic has been established that prioritizes academic skills, at the expense of "social and emotional" learning.

Keep Going

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Sue Shanahan

Harriet Tubman always remembered to ask for direction and then listen for the answer. The way was always made clear. What stands between me and that kind of guidance? Remembering to ask.