A Message from Ms. B:
GRIT: Guts, Resilience, Initiative, Tenacity.
This weekend midterms are coming home as a way to encourage dialogue with your student(s) about their grades and how to best improve them. It is our hope that we have very little to send home in this regard and that the majority of our students are completing their assignments, studying for their tests, and asking for help from the teacher when they are confused or do not understand a concept. We also expect our students to work diligently in class and behave appropriately (not talking out of turn, listening to each other). Some of our students struggle and we try to help them as best we can, providing auxiliary services and/or reviewing work. One thing we have discovered as a staff is some of our students tend to “get down on themselves” rather quickly when they don’t do well the first time on an assignment or test. This is the perfect time for our students to “mess up” or make a mistake! We are here to help our students get up and dust themselves off and try again. But we can only do so much! We want our students to actively be involved in advocating for themselves.
According to renowned psychologist Angela Duckworth, grit is passion and sustained persistence applied toward long-term achievement, with no particular concern for rewards or recognition along the way. It combines resilience, ambition, and self-control in the pursuit of goals that take months, years, or even decades. Grit is a valuable trait in the classroom, the field, and the neighborhood. All of us working together to help our students develop “grit” prepares them for the high school and beyond.