Most Successful People Have It, Inherently or Learned. What is It?
- September 14, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Discovery Learning
Grit: Don’t confuse it with that old Western movie or a Southern breakfast corn staple. And it’s more than just a grainy substance found in sand or gravel. So, what is grit?
According to psychologist and scholar, Angela Duckworth, grit is the substance of an indomitable spirit; the perseverance and driving passion personified in most successful people. Grit reveals itself at a very early age and is a trait that should be encouraged and empowered.
Educators embrace the value of grit and strive to identify and support it in their students beginning in the most formative years of learning. By integrating passion-based learning into the classroom, students emerge from studies much more excited and enthusiastic about topics. When learning includes topics of interest that make them want to learn even more, classrooms become alive with discussion, debate, and` imaginative thinking.
This kind of learning environment is the cultivating ground for grit.
Passion-based learning creates a kind of authenticity. It inspires persistence and develops muscle memory for the topic a student most loves to study.
Parents and teachers can help students develop grit by helping them recall or reflect on different assignments or activities. Here are some sample questions you might try.
- How did you feel as you went through the assignment?
- What were you thinking that made you not want to complete the work?
- What made you want to forge ahead and complete the work?
- How did you feel when you completed the project?
- Can you think of how you could change the thoughts that got in your way?
At Yorktown Education, our motto is: “Do What You Love” which is our unique way of encouraging and developing grit in our students. We know first-hand how powerful passion-based learning can be. With many Yorktown graduates to attest to the fact, we also see how students naturally thrive when allowed to advance at their own individual pace. Grade level and age are not measuring guides at Yorktown. Find out more about Yorktown and give your child the best possible learning experience.