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Finishing what one starts; persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles; "getting it out the door;" taking pleasure in completing tasks.

Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance (Research Made Relevant Series) Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills. Argument still rages about whether schools can or should emphasize these skills.

Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills

Critics say the approach risks blaming the victim — if only students had more resilience, they could rise above generational poverty and neglected schools — and excuses uninspired teaching by telling students it is on them to develop “zest,” or enthusiasm. Groups that spent decades urging the country toward higher academic standards worry about returning to empty talk of self-esteem, accepting low achievement as long as students feel good. But teaching social-emotional skills is often seen as a way to move away from a narrow focus on test scores, and to consider instead the whole child. Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance. Resilience and Grit Resource Roundup.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience, grit, growth mindset, and related concepts -- including the social and emotional skills associated with these factors and their importance for student well-being and academic success.

Resilience and Grit Resource Roundup

Edutopia has curated these lists of resources to help educators and parents follow these topics and create home and school environments that provide supports and opportunities to help young people thrive. Nurturing Resilience The ability to bounce back from adversity is associated with a variety of skills. Learn more about the resilience research and supports and strategies to develop resilience in young people. (10+ Resources) Putting Grit in Its Place. We all know why it exists, but the grade-point average is one of the more destructive elements in American education.

Putting Grit in Its Place

Success is about being passionately good at one or two things, but students who want to get close to that 4.0 have to be prudentially balanced about every subject. In life we want independent thinking and risk-taking, but the G.P.A. system encourages students to be deferential and risk averse, giving their teachers what they want. Creative people are good at asking new questions, but the G.P.A. rewards those who can answer other people’s questions. Self-Esteem Books. Close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set!

Self-Esteem Books

Look out for our weekly updates soon. The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali (Age 5+) Okay for Now (Age 12+) March: Book One (Age 12+) The Color Purple (Age 15+) Fat Cat (Age 11+) TV and Movies That Celebrate Grit. Close(x)

TV and Movies That Celebrate Grit

Movies That Inspire Kids to Change the World. Close(x)

Movies That Inspire Kids to Change the World

The Big Picture. DRS.

The Big Picture

SALLY and BENNETT SHAYWITZ, co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, illuminate the scientific origins of dyslexia and have created a revolutionary imaging test that pinpoints, for the first time, a specific difference (or marker) in the brains of dyslexics. Dr. Sally Shaywitz explains that this unique marker, while often associated with problems with reading, is also associated with a superior ability to think out of the box, create original ideas, and see the big picture. Budrus. Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier.


Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat. Budrus was produced by Just Vision.

Just Vision informs local and international audiences about under-documented Palestinian and Israeli civilian efforts to resolve the conflict nonviolently. The Crash Reel. This eye-popping film seamlessly combines twenty years of stunning action footage with new specially-shot verité footage and interviews as it follows U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce and exposes the irresistible but potentially fatal appeal of extreme sports.

The Crash Reel

An escalating rivalry between Kevin and his nemesis Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma follow- ing a training accident in Park City, Utah. Kevin's tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But when he insists he wants to return to the sport he still loves, his family intervenes with his eloquent brother David speaking for all of them when he says, “I just don’t want you to die.” How to Survive a Plague. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.

How to Survive a Plague

With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making. Blisteringly powerful, How To Survive A Plague transports us back to a vital time of unbridled death, political indifference, and staggering resilience and constructs a commanding archetype for activism today.

One Lucky Elephant. Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that the circus is no place for Flora. She needs to be with other elephants. The road to Flora's retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey that tests their bond in unexpected ways. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences of keeping wild animals in captivity, while never losing sight of the delicate love story at its heart. Official Selection, Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club. Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

This powerful documentary film has been screened at: · World Economic Forum· United Nations· U.S. Department of State· Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Hague Quotes "UPLIFTING, DISHEARTENING, INSPIRING, ENRAGING"—The New York Times "MARVELOUS"—The Los Angeles Times "The heroism on view is BREATHTAKING"—Christian Science Monitor. The Case Against 8. A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rudy (Age 9+) Spellbound (Age 9+)

First Position (Age 9+) Won't Back Down (Age 9+) Crossing the Ice (Age 10+) Groundhog Day (Age 11+) Girl Rising (Age 12+) Stand and Deliver (Age 13+) If You Build It (Age 13+) Temple Grandin (Age 14+) Billy Elliot (Age 14+) Brainventures. Sites That Help Kids Do Good. Close(x) Edutopia's GRIT resources. Helping Students Manage Stress, Set Goals, and Feel Connected.

In early October, I reviewed Paul Tough's new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. I saw implications for policy, funding, and teacher preparation, as well as lots of actions that administrators and teachers could take based on Tough's research. Resilience: The Other 21st Century Skills. Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to individually discuss each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified by Tony Wagner. How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure. A couple of weeks ago, a New York Times op-ed asked the question, “Are kids too coddled?”

Where's Waldo? HD - in Hollywood (Age 8+) Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Age 11+) Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey (Age 12+) Broken Age (Age 13+)