Grit: the power of passion and perseverance

Grit = Passion + Perseverance

Growth mindset = The belief that the ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with your effort.

I’m thinking about what I can do to cultivate grit in my 7yo. Entitlement and lack of follow through (i.e. grit) is one of the things I’m observing in kids around me – smart, talented kids. Their (our) lives are simply too comfortable, too privileged. And I have decided probably the best way I’m going to be able to teach my kid grit is to model it for her. Not tell her, but show her and do it with her. How?


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The difference between empathy and sympathy

Empathy is hard to do, and I’m almost always terrible at expressing it. I’m that person with an awkwardly timed “I’m sorry to hear that”, the one who resists the urge to find a silver lining because I know that doesn’t help but the silence is so uncomfortable! So I’m learning, and probably always will be. Also, watch BrenĂ© Brown’s TED talk on the power of vulnerability.


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What if students controlled their own learning?

Peter Hutton of Templestowe College in Melbourne talks about an educational model that allows students to individualise their education and share control in the running of the school.

I’m excited that people are talking about what does and doesn’t work in conventional schooling. We might be a long way from completely overhauling our approach and perceptions towards education, but at least the conversation has begun.

I’ve read comments about how this educational model might not work as well for unmotivated students who are still trying to figure out what they’re interested in, or who perhaps might need a little more structure and guidance.

I can see how that might be the case, but I also wonder if students might have a better idea of what they’re passionate about if they were given more flexibility to explore in primary school. How would it look to incorporate some of these principles in a primary school setting?


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“If I should have a daughter…” by Sarah Kay

It was what she said about raising daughters that grabbed me at first. And then she started to talk about spoken word poetry, which up till I watched this video was new to me, and even as a writer who never attempted poetry (and has no desire to), I couldn’t help but think: this is so cool. And then, I wonder if we could teach this in schools?


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