Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Grit and the Growth Mindset

26.2: It's more than a distance. It's desire, determination and dedication.
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 “Grit is like living life like it’s a marathon not a sprint.” ~ Angela Lee Duckworth
In the TED Talks presentation “The Key to Success? Grit,” Angela Lee Duckworth shares her research on the concept of “grit” and how it affects performance in children. There are parallels to wildland firefighting.

Video Highlights:
  • Students can learn if they work hard and long enough.
  • Doing well in school and life depends on much more than our ability to learn quickly and easily.
  • Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.
  • Grit is usually unrelated or inversely related to measures of talent.
  • Growth mindset: The belief that the ability to learn is not fixed—that it can change with your effort. (Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford University)
  • Failure should not be a permanent condition.
The Growth Mindset
For more Dr. Dweck's research on fixed versus growth mindsets, check out her YouTube interview with ParentMap.

Angela's Challenge:

"We need to take our best ideas or strongest intuitions, and we need to test them. We need to measure whether we have been successful, and we have to be willing to fail—to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learned." 

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