Check out my lesson at The New York Times for English Language Learners on “grit”, which includes a student interactive & teaching ideas.
Perseverance, or what Professor Angela Duckworth has labeled “grit,” is a key personal quality, and perhaps THE key quality, needed for success — according to her research.
I have a lesson plan on grit in my most recent book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves, and thought readers might find it useful to have a The Best…” list with additional resources.
You might also find some useful videos at The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”:
The Truth About Grit is an excellent article that appeared in the Boston Globe.
Which Traits Predict Success? (The Importance of Grit) is from Wired.
This post, The Most Effective Thing I’ve Done To Prepare Students For Standardized Tests, one way I have used this idea in my classroom.
Grit: Perseverance and Passion For Long Term Goals is a very accessible summary Professor Duckworth has written about her research.
And here is the link to her actual study of the same name.
If you go to this link and scroll down a little bit you, and your students, can take her “grit study” after free registration.
The Myth of Innate Genius by David Shenk is a related article.
Here’s a short summary of her research.
Here’s a video of a talk Professor Duckworth gave on her research:
This comes from Dr Kathie Nunley’s Educator’s Newsletter: “…task persistence in young adolescents
is extremely predictive of their income and occupational levels as adults. In males, it’s actually more predictive than even intelligence. Researchers
measured task persistence in 13 year olds and found that high task persistence predicted higher grades throughout high school and higher educational
attainment in adulthood. Andersson, H. & Bergman, L. (20100). “The role of task persistence in young adolescence for successful educational and
occupational attainment in middle adulthood.” Developmental Psychology, May 30, preview (no pagination specified).”
You might want to consider starting off a lesson on grit with this video: Now This Is What You Call Perseverance!
The Future of Self-Improvement, Part I: Grit Is More Important Than Talent is not a new research study, but it does give a good short review of the research by Angela Duckworth about the importance of grit,or perseverance.
In Spite Of Everything is a cartoon representation of a Vincent van Gogh quote.
Black Men’s College Success Depends on Grit, Not Just Grades, Study Finds is from Sarah Sparks at Education Week.
President Obama On Perseverance
(You can find the transcript to Professor Duckworth’s TED Talk here)
Grit: The Other 21st Century Skills is by Jackie Gerstein.
This video is part of a new TED-Ed Lesson titled There’s no dishonor in having a disability. You can see the entire lesson here.
All I can say is…Wow.
The Significance of Grit: A Conversation with Angela Lee Duckworth doesn’t really have anything new to people familiar with Duckworth’s work, but it does provide a good overview.
One of those resources I mentioned earlier in this list is a simple “grit” test that anyone can take (it’s at Professor Duckworth’s site), and that I’ve had my students use. It’s useful, though you do have to register there before you can take it, and I don’t think the feedback given is particularly helpful.
However, I just discovered that The Globe and Mail have published a version of it online that can be taken without needing to register, and I like the feedback a bit better. It’s combined with a nice article on grit research.
Another new resource is a nice collection at Middleweb titled Helping Students Stick With Learning.
Feedback is welcome.