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Importance of Grit in the Classroom

Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, and Kelly (2007) define grit as a disposition and/or set of skills that combines passion and perseverance toward achieving long-term goals. Individuals with high levels of grit have been shown to have the ability to succeed in many different situations. Grit is a disposition and set of skills that educators can teach and foster to enable students to better encounter and tackle challenges they face day to day and after graduation, whether post-secondary life involves continuing education and/or a job. The purpose of this project was to develop an inservice professional development to introduce educators to the concept of grit in order to help them understand what grit is and what it might look like in a classroom. The inservice highlights the importance of supporting students to develop grit in the class and offers teachers classroom strategies to help their students become more “gritty.”

Duckworth, Peterson, Matthews, and Kelly (2007) define grit as a disposition and/or set of skills that combines passion and perseverance toward achieving long-term goals. Individuals with high levels of grit have been shown to have the ability to succeed in many different situations. Grit is a disposition and set of skills that educators can teach and foster to enable students to better encounter and tackle challenges they face day to day and after graduation, whether post-secondary life involves continuing education and/or a job. The purpose of this project was to develop an inservice professional development to introduce educators to the concept of grit in order to help them understand what grit is and what it might look like in a classroom. The inservice highlights the importance of supporting students to develop grit in the class and offers teachers classroom strategies to help their students become more “gritty.”

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