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,Description: Angela Duckworth is to be a seventh-grade math teacher. Based on her experiences in trying to figure out why some students did well and others struggled in her classes when she found it very sparse intelligence did not seem to predict performance she decided to go back and get her doctorate in psychology and do some research. So if regular intelligence, and social intelligence do not predict performance in math classes what does make a difference? What you thought about it read the article containing an interview with Angela Duckworth or using the other link below to watch her Ted talk in which she describes a research into this question.

Source: Angela Duckworth on Passion, Grit and Success, Julie Scelfo, NY Times

Date: April 8, 2016


Photo Credit: TED

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So what thoughts did you have regarding possible predictors of success in grade 7 math if not allowed to say intelligence? Angela Duckworth decided she needed to find out what distinguished are better students, in math, from those who struggled. Research indicates so we need to pay attention to something called grit. You may have a definition of grit in mind and you’re probably not far from the one that Angela Duckworth uses. Grit is perseverance, motivation, and drive. Grit is what keeps you from giving up when you experience failure. Grit is what makes you determined to carry on with things don’t work out or make sense the first time through. Duckworth was able to develop a measure of grit that is quite a good job predicting which students do well in grade 7 math, will graduate from the West Point Academy, which members of the sales staff will be more successful and earn more money, in which teachers in a challenging inner-city school will still be there teaching at the end of the school year. The real challenge of this research is not simply in pointing to the importance of grit but rather determining what sorts of experiences, and what sorts of parenting and teaching practices, can encourage the development of grit within children. Duckworth is working on that question does not yet have any solid answers to offer. Take the Grit test for yourself from the link below.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What is grit?
  2. How does grit contribute success in math students and in all the other areas noted above?
  3. What sort of parenting or teaching practices do you think might help children develop more of what Duckworth refers to as grit?

References (Read Further):

Rimfeld, K., Kovas, Y., Dale, P. S., & Plomin, R. (2016). True Grit and Genetics: Predicting Academic Achievement From Personality.

Warren, J. M., & Hale, R. W. (2016). Fostering non-cognitive development of underrepresented students through rational emotive behavior therapy: Recommendations for school counselor practice. The Professional Counselor, 6(1), 89-106.

The Grit Scale,