Our School Counselor, Therese Schreiner, has been teaching and counseling students for 52 years, and she has learned a lot on her journey. She's here to share words of wisdom with our community. This month Mrs. Schreiner is talking to us about "Grit."
Why is the idea of grit so important in education? What exactly is it? The following thoughts are what I gleaned in researching why some students succeed long-term, and others do not. As we are discovering through our stay-at-home, E-learning is an educational tool to help minds stay focused on learning. Some may find it intuitive. Others may not.
With that in mind, I decided to re-read a wonderful book, written by researcher and psychologist, Angela Duckworth, entitled Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. She describes her book as "what goes through your mind when you fall down, and how that -not talent or luck- makes all the difference." The author strongly believes that one may or may not have talent, but with effort, one can improve skills, and with that effort and improved skills, one becomes productive and achieves set goals. Page after page I read about athletes or people in business or in schools, who possess various levels of talent. The ones who do succeed use the talent they do have to improve their skills through the effort they employ. They persevere, despite failure. They find other ways to work things out; they are not content to quit. Persistent effort is the key.
I would recommend this book to everyone. Decide for yourself about the author's idea of grit. None of us are perfect. Grit can be learned!