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Wednesday / November 22

Grit Matters

Grit, resilience, persistence, stick-to-it-iveness, or character. It does not matter what you call it, but it matters.

Kids with resilience are the ones who can calm themselves down when they are upset. They don’t need immediate gratification; instead they have learned to wait.

Kids with resilience are likely to feel connected to their parents, to enjoy a basic sense of safety in the world that allows them to take risks and try new things.

Kids with resilience are more likely to be able to stand up for themselves and others. If they see someone acting badly, they might step in or speak up.

Kids with resilience are more likely to have grit. They don’t mind a little struggle; they may even like it. They recognize that good outcomes take work, and appreciate the things that they earn with their sweat or with great emotional or mental effort.

Kids with resilience are better able to deal with sadness or mistakes. They know these are road bumps, not dead ends. Good things are ahead.

Kids with resilience are more likely to work hard, love life, and build a better world. Maybe the development of resilience should be front and center in the list of learning outcomes we want for our kids both at home and at school.

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Bob Sornson is an award-winning author and presenter, calling for programs and practices which support competency based learning and early learning success. He works internationally with school districts, universities, and parent organizations. His many books include Over-Tested and Under-Prepared: Using Competency-Based Learning to Transform Our Schools (Routledge), Fanatically Formative (Corwin Press), and Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning about Empathy (Love and Logic Press). Contact Bob@earlylearningfoundation.com.

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