I recently had the privilege of participating in a book study with Laila Sanguras, author of Grit in the Classroom. Below are the notes that I took from our discussion. Some of my take aways were:
- Failure should be used as a data point not a judgement.
- Hold kids accountable for their prior learning.
- IQ is static but grit can grow.
- Help kids fail forward.
- Our goal should be EXCELLENCE for ALL!
Learners should be working harder than the educators. After all, school is a kid's job! Every experience should provide challenge with levels of support provided for those who need it. The harder they work the more they will remember and retain for later use and application.
"We should make hard work a habit so that our students repeatedly experience positive effects as a result." - Laila Sanguras
I like that quote a lot. Hard work should become a habit; it should be the norm. Kids should walk in the building everyday expecting to work hard and have some struggles.
Parents, please encourage hard work and talk them through the struggle. Remember that it is okay for your child to struggle! I talk to learners all the time about work that is easy. If it is easy then you are just showing us what you already know. How about showing us what you can do with something you don't already know? Now that is what we educators find impressive!
Coming soon... Passion: The Struggle is Real