Angela Duckworth has defined grit as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” Her research on grit suggests that students who have grit are more likely to be successful in college than those who don’t. The following questions (adapted from multiple sources) can help you encourage your students to become more “gritty:”
- What made you think hard?
- What happened that made you keep going?
- What can you learn from this?
- What mistake did you make that taught you something?
- What strategy are you going to try now?
- What will you do to challenge your self?
- What will you do to solve this problem?
Learn more about grit and how you can develop grit in your students.
- True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It
The author of this article offers several examples for how to teach grit.
- Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing (Conley, 2014)
“I had a realization several years ago that my goal is not a good essay from Student A, but rather for Student A to know that she’s in charge of her progress as a writer and feel confident to keep writing for the rest of her life. To that end, I must teach writing process, self-confidence through intrinsic motivation, metacognition, and the willingness to write badly, much more than I need to teach themes, metaphor, or prepositional phrases.”