Term 4 is always busy, and students start to feel under increasing pressure as different activities pull them in different directions. Our Year 7 students will have finished their 3 day camp on the Glenelg River. It is the time of the year when students need to show grit, and grit is a powerful idea that can lead to action and help students get the results they want. In Wellbeing classes I often refer to Luke McKenna’s book “Making Wellbeing Practical”. Here is some advice on grit.
- Is an action that leads to learning
- It means sticking to commitments until fruition.
- Maintaining interest and effort for a sustained period despite adversity, failure and plateau.
- Is a predictor of future success.
How to improve grit….
- Set goals or know what you want to achieve.
- Remove distractions.
- Set up good habits.
Skills that contribute to grit are:
- Delaying gratification.
- Deliberate practice.
- Seeking continuous improvement.
In an ideal world, grit is an attribute I would like to foster in all young people.
Julia Winter Cooke