BUILDING GRIT- LESSON 2- 

GETTING GRITTY

DEBRIEF: LIFE IS A PROCESS OF EVOLUTION. WE ATTEMPT SOMETHING; WE GET A RESULT; WE REFLECT; WE LEARN; WE GROW; WE REPEAT THE WHOLE PROCESS. AS A SCHOOL STUDENT, OUR FULL TIME JOB IS LEARNING- WE ARE INVITED TO KEEP GROWING AND EVOLVING SUCH THAT AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, WE HAVE GROWN INTO A PERSON WITH MORE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND UNDERSTANDING. GETTING OLDER DOESN'T MAKE US BETTER- BUT LEARNING AND GROWING DOES.


PART 1- 5 MINUTES

Rationale

  • Grit is the action that leads to learning, improving and thriving.
  • self-discipline was a better predictor of academic success than IQ in two separate longitudinal studies of year 8 students (Duckworth, 2005)
  • gritty students spend "more time on homework, less time watching television and have fewer school absences" (Duckworth, 2005)

 

Learning objectives

By the end of this lesson, learners should:

  • understand what grit is
  • reflect on grit and talent
  • consider other factors that lead to success

PART 2- SUDOKU CHALLENGE- 20-25 MINUTES

Follow link, or complete in workbook.

The classic Sudoku game involves a grid of 81 squares. The grid is divided into nine blocks, each containing nine squares. The rules of the game are simple: each of the nine blocks has to contain all the numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can only appear once in a row, column or box. 
(Source: www.counton.org/sudoku/rules-of-sudoku.php)

DISCUSSION: Did students require persistence or resilience in order to stay with this activity? Who required the most grit? (eg most likely those students who have not attempted Sudoku before). Did any fixed mindsets reveal themselves in student self-talk? How did this affect behaviour and commitment to the task?


PART 3- WATCH, REFLECT, DISCUSS- 10 MINUTES

Duckworth asserts that talent and grit are useful when predicting future outcomes. 

Review from last lesson- What is grit?

Discuss as a class:

Grit is more important than talent.

- Are there times when it might be unwise to be gritty? Is it possible to be too gritty? (when it compromises our values, when it doesn't lead to improvement, etc)


PART 4- WATCH, REFLECT, DISCUSS- 5 MINUTES (IF there is time)

John Legend shares a personal story about overcoming early rejections in his career to get to where he is today.

Failure comes first...

What does John Legend think about failure. With a whole lot of grit and persistence, does “no” eventually turn into “yes”, or is there another ingredient? Eg (do we sometimes need time for learning, improvement, feedback). If we don't change, will our results change?

Teachers note: We will continue to build on the idea of success through failure and effort in the next lesson "Failing Forward".