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)


How Successful People Handle Toxic People


Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.

via How Successful People Handle Toxic People.

via How Successful People Handle Toxic People.

There’s a lot of good advice in this article. It’s excellent for dealing with toxic people, but it is also good for avoiding burnout when in any stressful job position. This is especially good for educators of all kinds.

If you were ever looking for emotional skills and social skills, this is a great list of those people need to learn (and to continually practice) in order to maintain healthy resilience: The skills can just as easily replace the word “they” with “resilient people…”

They Set Limits (Especially with Complainers)


They Don’t Die in the Fight


They Rise Above


They Stay Aware of Their Emotions


They Establish Boundaries


They Won’t Let Anyone Limit Their Joy


They Don’t Focus on Problems—Only Solutions


They Don’t Forget

They Squash Negative Self-Talk

They Get Some Sleep

They Limit Their Caffeine Intake

They Use Their Support System