Thursday, July 17, 2014

#70Days It's a GRIT Day

I was on the plane for a couple of hours yesterday - just enough time to read Fostering Grit: How do I prepare my students for the real world? by Thomas H. Hoerr.  I highly recommend the book - it's a short read, the information is good, and it is practical!

This book ties in very well with our discussion a week ago on growth mindset ... and in fact some of the ideas I mentioned in this post are expanded here.

Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

Grit has to be taught. In the post on mindset I mentioned a Word Splash and asking students to categorize the words. I envision those words being on a bulletin board. Hoerr suggests these terms: grit, failure, frustration, tenacity, perseverance, resilience, self-confidence, self-image, comfort zone ... throw in a few more: ability, attitude, challenge, effort, fixed mindset, growth mindset.

I mentioned one picture book in the previous post ... here are two more (I love picture books even in high school!).  Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees is about a giraffe who is teased because he can't dance ... until the day he hears the "right" music.  It's a quick read and could be used to make the point that everyone's contribution in class is worthwhile - no put-downs!

The other book is Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully.  This book is new to me, but it is about overcoming anxiety and mastering the tightrope - fits perfect with growth mindset!

I definitely want to use this chart with students ... really into self-reflection!

This fits in well with the Red, Yellow, Green stickers I wrote about recently as well!

Last ... tell parents and students when a GRIT day is coming up!  What a great way to engage parents in the conversation.  I look forward to sharing the idea of GRIT with parents in my weekly emails!


  1. Another great post Beth. Cannot wait to implement all these growth mindset ideas this coming year.

    1. Thanks, Sherrie! I am excited about all of the ideas ... and feeling a bit overwhelmed! How to pull off all of these good ideas and still maintain sanity??