Bit of GRIT Announcements
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 overview of my research will start the day, and then Grit 1.0 and 2.0 curricula will be shared. Here is the link to more info if you're interested: https://www.smore.com/e049g Hope to see you there!
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 in the process of writing monthly lessons to foster a "growth" mindset as opposed to "fixed," authentic pride as opposed to hubristic, and finally leadership. These lessons will mesh nicely with the foundation already in place from last year and students will end this school year taking leadership roles that are important to them. I'm so excited to be working with this dedicated staff for another academic year!
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 consult with me throughout the year so they could continue to build students' character positively, specifically with "grit." This dedicated, enthusiastic group has decided to schedule character ed with students for two sessions of "Blue Grit" thirty minutes per lesson. We figured out how to videoconference (new and exciting for all of us), and have met a couple times to touch base, share ideas, and plan for the next month or so. It has worked so well that I feel like I truly know this group of teachers and administrators even though they're in TX. We've worked out the time difference, have shared quite a few laughs, and best of all, have all had a key role in helping some middle school students build some character they might not have on their own. I always look forward to my virtual meetings with "the teachers from TX."
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 students within the Baltimore School District. The observation part of the work has just begun in three middle schools, specifically in sixth grade classrooms. As the grant work continues, emphasis will be placed on ideas and interventions that teachers can use to foster grit, and ultimately, hopefully, raise GPA scores.
Not only was it an honor to have a crew from Edutopia visiting and filming the GRIT curriculum being taught in two of our schools last month, but it was so much FUN! You can check out the articles, videos, and blogs at Edutopia.org.
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