ERIC Number: EJ1047425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 1
Is "Getting Gritty" the Answer?
Educational Horizons, v93 n2 p8-9 Dec 2014-Jan 2015
In this article, Nancy Barile, an urban high school teacher, questions whether "grit" can solve all students' problems. She states that when she first began teaching 20 years ago, she realized almost immediately that, as an urban school teacher, she needed to encourage grit in her students. She told "gritty" anecdotes of success and worked to help students overcome obstacles in their lives. Barile, tried to show students that there is more than one route to success--and that there can always be a Plan B, C, D, E, F, and even G. One of the most powerful tenets of grit focuses on praising students-- not for their brilliance or smarts--but on the hard work and tenacity that led to their success. Grit is certainly a worthwhile trait to encourage in students, and new teachers should be aware of its power and potential in helping students succeed.
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Achievement Need, Urban Teaching, Secondary School Teachers, Goal Orientation, Values Clarification, High School Students, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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