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Jason Finley

Grit in Vermont - 4 views

It would be interesting if every Vermont High School took a Grit and Self-Control survey. Imagine then what we might glean from comparing those results with those from readily/easily ava...

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TED Talk: The key to success? Grit - 0 views

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    Angela Lee Duckworth's now famous TED talk explaining her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
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Facebook or homework? How to resist distractions - 0 views

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    Video: Psychologist Angela Duckworth and high school seniors Anita Rao and Damani Eubanks speak about the importance of changing your surroundings to help prioritize schoolwork - even your bed can be a comfy distraction!
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Is Having Grit The Key To Success? - 0 views

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    NPR story: Angela Duckworth explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
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Duckworth Lab Website at UPENN - 0 views

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    "The Duckworth Lab focuses on two traits that predict success in life: grit and self-control. Grit is the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals. Self-control is the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses in the presence of momentarily gratifying temptations or diversions."
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Can Perseverance Be Taught? - 0 views

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    "This question is motivated by two everyday intuitions, both of which have been confirmed in empirical research: First, some people are, in general, more persistent and passionate about long-term goals. Compared to their less gritty peers, these individuals are more resilient in the face of adversity, bouncing back after failure and disappointment and otherwise staying the course even when progress is not obvious. Second, grit predicts success. Grit is not the only determinant of success - opportunity and talent matter, too. But on average, grittier individuals are more successful than others, particularly in very challenging situations."
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The nitty-gritty of success - 0 views

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    Facebook, Angry Birds, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and other pursuits which bring pleasure in the moment but are immediately regretted.
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What sets high achievers apart? - 0 views

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    MacArthur Fellowship grantee Angela Lee Duckworth talks about why success takes "grit," and whether it's possible to teach people to be "grittier."
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Blog: Building Perseverance into School Culture - 1 views

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    Mike McRaith's blog summary of Angela's Psychology of Achievement Presentation
Mike McRaith

Perseverance in School Culture: McRaith Autumn 2013 Presentation - 8 views

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    This 23 slide screen-cast features 3 videos and explains Mike McRaith's 2013 Autumn Research as a Rowland Fellow. It can serve as a good starting place for anyone interested in building perseverance and grit into school culture.
Jason Finley

How to Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential - 6 views

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    "... one of the world's leading psychologists, Professor Carol Dweck visited the RSA to discuss how students' mindsets shape their motivation and learning.

    She discussed new research showing:
    a) how parents' and teachers' praise can create fixed mindsets and undermine children's motivation,
    b) how fixed-mindset school environments can decrease the representation of women and minorities, and
    c) how teaching students a growth mindset increases their success in school."
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    Is it surprising that students who care more about learning and less about grades actually earn higher marks than those students who put the higher emphasis on grades?
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    Is "grit" something that educators need to develop in students? Or rather, is grit inherent in all children? If so, instead of asking if it needs to be developed in their learning, should we be more introspective and work on not suppressing it through our teaching?
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    Praising a student on process and effort contributes to their learning and their desire to learn more. Praising success based on intelligence has the opposite effect...it actually inhibits growth. What implications does this have on how we assess student learning and communicate those assessments?
Jason Finley

Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping Sc... - 3 views

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    "...summarizes the research on five categories of noncognitive factors that are related to academic performance:
    academic behaviors,
    academic perseverance,
    academic mindsets,
    learning strategies, and
    social skills..."
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    Publication Summary Page of CCSR Report
    http://ccsr.uchicago.edu/publications/teaching-adolescents-become-learners-role-noncognitive-factors-shaping-school

    Great related blog post on Grit by Jonathan Martin
    "Developing Grit via Mindset and Learning Strategies: Learning from the CCSR report"
    http://21k12blog.net/2013/05/19/developing-grit-via-mindset-and-learning-strategies-learning-from-the-ccsr-report/
Jason Finley

'Children Succeed' With Character, Not Test Scores : NPR - 3 views

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    On how schools are focused on scores rather than noncognitive skills

    "Right now we've got an education system that really doesn't pay attention to [noncognitive] skills at all.


    ... I think schools just aren't set up right now to try to develop things like grit, and perseverance and curiosity.

    ... Especially in a world where we are more and more focused on standardized tests that measure a pretty narrow range of cognitive skills, teachers are less incentivized to think about how to develop those skills in kids. So it's a conversation that's really absent I think in a lot of schools, to the detriment of a lot of students."

Jason Finley

Good luck if you have no grit: highlights from the 99% Conference | SmartPlanet - 4 views

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    "Above any other measure, a person's level of grittiness will reveal their ability to execute ideas and sustain long-term goals."
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    If we are preparing students for success in college and career we must develop in them a skill set which includes perseverance and grit.


    While not as high in Vermont, "25 percent of students at four-year institutions fail to return for their sophomore year, a number that grows to 47 percent for students at two-year institutions."


    From the local and national pieces that I have looked at the reasoning for this is equally shared among these areas:


    Lack of Academic Preparedness;


    Lack of Sense of Purpose and Goals;


    Lack of Grit.


    We can't just educate students and expect them to be successful. We must also share Why and How.

    jf
Jason Finley

True Grit: Can Perseverance be Taught? - 1 views

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    Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Angela studies non-IQ competencies that predict success both academically and professionally.
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    Do we spend too much time on cultivating academics and not enough time on developing "Grit" in students? Education is just now really looking at fostering a sense off passion for students. But, here is the third piece " How do we nurture resiliency and perseverance? jf
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