Grit is resolve and stamina that is kept up for years. Grit has become a popular word recently among educators and parents. In fact, one educator sparked a conversation that is leading to new understanding of what grit means and how it works in humans. Angela Lee Duckworth Angela Lee Duckworth, educator and grit researcher
Angela Lee Duckworth is a pioneering researcher in the field of education, specifically about grit and its effect on educational outcomes. Grit refers to a long-term passion and commitment to the pursuit of long-term goals. Grit has been shown to be an excellent predictor of success in a wide range of fields including: at-risk kids and graduation, spelling bee results, teachers teaching in tough neighborhoods, and sales success.
Not too long ago, whether a student worked hard or not was considered something in his or her nature. Teachers across the country encountered students every year with differing levels of stamina, follow-through, and grit. One teacher took her observations to another level. At age 27, Angela Lee Duckworth left management consulting and became a 7th grade math teacher. She noticed that her top performers were not always the smartest kids, and that the smartest kids didn’t always do well compared to less intelligent classmates. After a few years in the classroom Angela decided to pursue a graduate degree in psychology to learn more about grit and self-control. Self-control is closely related to grit; the main difference is that self-control measures the ability to resist temptations related to shorter term goals, while grit is more concerned with very long-term goals. Since that time, Angela has been involved in a lot of research on grit. She uses guiding questions to help focus her work with the topic.
What Does Grit Do for You?
Think of a time when you pushed through a difficult circumstance. Maybe it was something athletic, like running a marathon. Or maybe you worked hard to get on honor roll. How did grit benefit you? It turns out that having grit is a very useful thing. Using grit measurements, Angela and her team have been able to predict which cadets were most likely to avoid dropping out of West Point, which at-risk kids were more likely to graduate and attend college, which children were likely to do well at national spelling bees and which salespeople were most likely to sell the most product.
There is a lot about grit that Angela Lee Duckworth admits we do not yet know, but she is gritty about pursuing this knowledge. However, with regard to education, Duckworth believes that caution should be used when measuring grit, due to the limitations of existing methods, such as teacher-report questionnaires, performance tasks and self-report questionnaires. Using imperfect methods of measurement can lead to misdiagnosing students.
How Can You Improve Grit?
With all of the benefits that people, and especially children, can get from having more grit, the obvious question is ‘How do I build grit?’ As of the 2013 TED talk that Angela gave on grit, her answer to this question was, ‘I don’t know,’ but she thinks it is possible and that it is worth finding out. As she puts it, ‘We need to be gritty about getting our kids grittier.’
I think even those who have a very strong grit loose it at some point in order to achieve a long term goal but what is different about those people’s grit who succeed is that they achieve their grit back when they losses it by working on it. I think yes I have the grit about the career field that I have decided to persue, because you choose to do the works you feel you are good at of all other circumstances are good. You choose the work you think you are good at and you are good at things you want to do and put effects into repeatedly, which shows that you have the grit of doing it continously. when you are not feeling “gritty” enough about something you are working on, a class assignment or a project, I feel you can take a short break from the work and come back to it with fresh mind a mind which is not overwhelmed by the project or Assignment, and you can focus on what you want to achieve from taking the class for which you are doing the project. You can look for more fun ways of doing it according to you idea of fun. Relating the project with. Something you feel more gritty about in that time being etc., To feel more passion and preservere to fer the job done.
Once I had taken .calculus in graduation program, learning calculus wasn’t feeling very gritty to me because it was too abstract and I could not relate to it’s purpose in real life.
I felt gritty about learning programming, when I started doing it and programmed even a simple animation I was amazed by the results and I was curious to see how far I can go and curious about someday learning artificial intelligence too, I felt gritty about the task simply because I was curious about every level of programming and it’s future, our future.