May 6, 2015
Grit has important implications for early math learning. Many students, especially those with a negative self-image about their math skills, have a greater tendency to quickly give up when presented with a difficult math concept. Developing grit can help them look past whatever shortcomings they might have and focus on finishing the problem in front of them.
"Math skills are increasingly important for getting good jobs these days—so believing you can’t learn math is especially self-destructive. We also believe that math is the area where America’s 'fallacy of inborn ability' is the most entrenched. If we can convince you that anyone can learn math, it should be a short step to convincing you that you can learn just about anything, if you work hard enough."
This pre-k English Language Learner uses gesture to articulate math ideas while putting together a shape puzzle.
In this TED Talk, you’ll hear from Angela Lee Duckworth, the psychologist who coined the term "grit." She discusses her research and offers some brief ideas on how to motivate kids to be gritty.
More than "gifted" statuses, IQ points, or high scores on standardized tests, some recent education research is suggesting that the best predictor of long-term academic success is having grit: the ability to learn from mistakes and persevere through challenging problems.