I’ve often written about the idea of “grit,” the term given to perseverance by Professor Angela Duckworth (recent winner of a MacArthur Genius Award.
You can see all of those posts at The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit” (I also have a lesson on it in one of my books).
One of those resources 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.
I’ll be adding these to my “Best” list on the topic.