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Thomas R. Hoerr
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For too long, educators have focused only on getting students ready for the next test, for the next grade, for graduation, or maybe for college.
Students must be prepared to succeed in school, and they must know how to read, write, and calculate. But that’s only the beginning.
Our job—whether we teach kindergarten, 5th grade, or high school or we lead a school or district—is to prepare students for success in the real world. To do so, we must also teach grit.
Grit is a combination of tenacity and perseverance—a willingness to take risks even if it means sometimes failing and starting again. Knowing how to respond to frustration and failure is essential whether a student struggles or excels.
Veteran school leader and popular Educational Leadership columnist Thomas R. Hoerr shows what teaching for grit looks like and provides a sample lesson plan and self-assessments, along with a six-step process applicable across grade levels and content areas to help students build skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
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"This quick 30 minute read is useful to all parents but particularly relevant to home-schooling parents."
—Samantha Chapnick, Parent City (Reprinted with permission)
"Success is significantly propelled by three simple qualities open to anyone. The way to develop this package of qualities—not that it's easy, or that everyone would want to—is through grit. It requires turning the ability to work hard, to persevere and to overcome adversity into a source of personal superiority. This kind of superiority complex isn't ethnically or religiously exclusive. It's the pride a person takes in his own strength of will."
—Any Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, The New York Times
THOMAS R. HOERR has been the head of New City School in St. Louis, Missouri, since 1981. Prior to that he was a principal in the School District of University City, Missouri, and a teacher in two other school districts. Tom founded, directed, and taught in the Washington University Nonprofit Management Program. He has taught graduate classes in leadership and given presentations at many conferences. He is the author of the ASCD book The Art of School Leadership.
authentic learning | K-12 education | leadership | student motivation | student teacher relationship
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