What does it mean to focus on grit? This term is new to me, but the word has so much meaning behind it. It speaks to the ideas of letting students struggle through problems, letting them ask a million questions, allowing them to make mistakes, and as the article states, ” letting kids hit the wall”.
Why is grit important? It develops reasonable risk taking. It shows students that failures are an important and critical part of learning.
Introducing grit into a classroom must accompany a change of mindset for the teacher, students and parents. Teachers must resist giving hints, must learn to focus their questioning around the process, not the product, and most importantly, they must change their assessment to match. Teachers must be able to convince students and parents that grit pays off. The power to think, reason and get gritty with problems is rewarding.
The secret to success is failure. The idea of grit connects to so many hot topics in education right now and one thing that comes to my mind is standardize testing. Is standardize testing the way to develop reasoning skills, when the search for the “right answer” affects a students grade? What do you think?
The article also talks about the problem with teaching to multiple intelligence. It is my firm belief that students prefer to learn one or two different ways, but it is to their benefit that they learn in all ways. Students should not always be taught to their specific multiple intelligence. Spatial learners can learn visually too (lessons should attempt to include many styles of learning anyway). I believe that part of developing grit, is asking students to work through problems that stretch them in all areas, not just the learning style that they prefer. What do you believe about learning styles?
“Got Grit” is a new concept for me, but it makes sense. I want my students to be able to think and develop their minds in my classroom, and grit plays a role in that. How do you incorporate grit into your class?