Grit is very slowly becoming a household word.  People are continually handing or forwarding me articles and links written about grit.  Word is spreading and I love it!  Below is a list of resources in which you might be interested to learn more about the topic.  If you've got good suggestions (fiction or non...),
please send me an email and I'll add them to the list.

Word of the Month

  • Can-do-ness Bernice Ende visited our school on her way to NY with her two horses.  She was brought up to believe that anything is possible if you have the attitude of ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2014, 12:53 PM by Amy Lyon
  • perseverance / [pur-suh-veer-uhns] noun  Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose;especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement Example Sentence:You need perseverance if you are going to push through those ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2014, 5:03 PM by Samantha Cleveland
  • resilient [ri-zil-yuh -nt] / adjective Per World English Dictionary:  1.  (of an object or material) capable of regaining its original shape or position after bending, stretching, compression, or other deformation; elastic 2.  (of a person ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2014, 1:55 PM by Amy Lyon
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Looking for great books about perseverance or teaching perseverance?  Check out our book list below or send your suggestions to!

Books about GRIT and Perseverance

The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience (non-fiction) Martin E. P. Seligman This is a handbook that spells out how to become more optimistic and therefore combat depression. I incorporated many of the activities listed in this book into my grit curriculum. 
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life (non-fiction) Martin. E. P. Seligman This book is more suited to adults. If you would like to enhance the quality of your life by learning how to become more optimistic, this is a must-read.  
Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification (non-fiction) Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman This is a HUGE and expensive, but very cool book that lists, defines, and classifies character qualities. What I love about this book is it's all about what right with people, instead of what's wrong with them. 
"What if the Secret to Success is Failure?" (non-fiction) Paul Tough This is a NYT article that should be read by all parents and educators. It's a great read and was the jumping off point for my research on grit.  
Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century (non-fiction) U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology (2013) This is a comprehensive, well-written brief recently released by the National DOE. It's exceptionally well done and helps to make the argument that education should not just be about academic test scores. 
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Useful Links

WebsiteOverviewIntended Audience What Works in Education / The George Lucas Educational Foundation Educators, Parents, Students & Community, Angela Duckworth Angela Duckworth shares the keys to success: GRIT Educators, Parents, Students & Community 
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Sharing a bit of GRIT

  • Grit 1.0-2.0 Workshop I'll be teaching an all-day roundtable forum at SERESC in Bedford, NH, on August 9th.  Psychologists and teachers (5th-8th) would benefit most from this presentation.  A brief ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2016, 1:40 PM by Amy Lyon
  • Expanded Grit Curriculum The Edge School leadership team in Nevada, TX and I are working to create another year-long curriculum that will scaffold upon last year's grit curriculum.  I am currently ...
    Posted Jul 8, 2015, 3:51 PM by Amy Lyon
  • Parent Presentation in Wilmot, NH The Wilmot Community Association is hosting a "parent talk" at the Red Barn on Village Rd. in Wilmot on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30.  I'm excited to be ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2015, 6:03 PM by Amy Lyon
  • Edge School in Nevada, TX A group of energetic, forward thinking teachers got in touch with me during the summer after viewing the Edutopia video.  They wanted access to my curriculum, as well as to ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2014, 4:09 PM by Amy Lyon
  • Grit Grant - Partnering with Baltimore City Schools Amy is working with a small team of people including Angela Duckworth, from the University of Pennsylvania Character Lab, to conduct a grant to increase GPA and grit levels in ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2014, 1:13 PM by Amy Lyon
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Student Stories

  • Hearing the GRIT in Student Conversations During the goal-setting and practice part of the curriculum, students are asked to watch an amazing snowboarding video about a young Slovenian Olympic hopeful.  As Tim Kevin Ravnjak literally ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2014, 5:03 AM by Samantha Cleveland
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  • Thankful for Grit Curriculum!  "I am thrilled that grit is being taught in the classroom!!  I firmly believe that grit is as important as learning to read, write and understand mathematical concepts.  Without it ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2014, 6:11 AM by Samantha Cleveland
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