When the Focus on ‘Grit’ in the Classroom Overlooks Student Trauma – The Atlantic



“We are asking students to change a belief system without changing the situation around them.”

“The transformative potential in growth mindsets and social-emotional skills such as grit may be more applicable to students whose basic needs are already met. When asking the question of why some children succeed in school and others don’t, he said the educators and administrators tend to overestimate the power of the person and underestimate the power of the situation.” (Excerpt)


Can You Instill Mental Toughness?


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These just might be the mechanics of “grit” (aka self-efficacy ). Mental toughness is related. This is one of my favorite interests: resilience.


To be mentally tough is to resist the urge to give up in the face of failure, to maintain focus and determination in pursuit of one’s goals, and to emerge from adversity even stronger than before. Psychologists claim that almost everyone can benefit from strengthening these skills, even those people we might consider paragons of mental toughness: army drill sergeants. The U.S. military is now implementing a resilience-building program, designed by a team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, intended to make soldiers as rugged in mind as they are in body. This effort—one of the largest psychological interventions ever attempted—holds lessons for anyone who wants to strengthen their mental muscles.

Drill sergeants were chosen to receive the training because they’re in a position to teach the service members under their command, promoting a trickle down of psychological resilience. The program’s key message: Mental toughness comes from thinking…

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Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs : The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring


This article indicates the need for promoting youth agency skills. This idea is closely related to grit and self-efficacy. It also suggests that this development may occur in the conative domain.

To Talk Like This and Act Like That

See on Scoop.iteducational implications


What youth learned: The analyses of youth interviews revealed 3 major themes for types of youth agency skills:

1) Mobilizing effort:  learning to devote the energy and time to their work

– common theme reveals that successful work requires effort and they had gained abilities to deliberately mobilize and regulate that effort

2) Concrete organizing skills:  learning rules to organize the tasks or elements of their projects

3) Strategic thinking:  “use of advanced executive skills to anticipate possible scenarios in the steps to achieving goals and to formulate flexible courses of action that take these possibilities into account”

– strategic thinking directs youth toward achievement of meaningful and challenging real-world goals and away from risk behavior (Romer, 2003).

Sharrock‘s insight:

connections between grit and resilience and Bandura’s efficacy theory.

See on chronicle.umbmentoring.org

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