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28 June 2019

posted 27 Jun 2019, 19:14 by Carolyn Brett
I’ve written about one of my favourite subjects ‘GRIT’ often. With a recent Education Office Review (ERO) into GRIT out, I thought it was about time I harped on about it once more.

GRIT - ‘perseverance and passion for long term goals’ is a key indicator for future prosperity and wellbeing. We constantly hear about the need to build resilient children…. and there is a lot of evidence to show that children are becoming less resilient. 

It’s reassuring, but not surprising, that the ERO findings of 2000 NZ children showed that there is a clear link between resilience and how well children do at school. This mirrors what all the international research has concluded and what we have been using as a basis for our curriculum for some time.

Angela Duckworth is a key researcher into GRIT. Caroline Adams Miller’s work is also interesting if you are keen to find out more. In fact, there is also a simple survey of Angela’s with just 10 questions to do for yourself in order to get your ‘GRIT score’. 

Praise - be careful!
So, if we are wanting to develop greater resilience/GRIT in our children, one thing we can do is look at the praise we are giving them, the type of praise makes a big difference. Are we praising the person or are we praising the process? 

This subject of praise is a very interesting one and can be helpful or unhelpful to our cause. To reduce educ-speak, I hunted for a parent voice and came across this article ‘The Ultimate Guide to Praising Your Kids' by parent, Ashley Cullins, in something called the Big Life Journal. I’m pretty sure it’s sound! The messages are on point to what we are aiming to do at school anyway.

We really hold a lot of responsibility in our heads and hearts, don’t we?! We won’t get it right all of the time, but if we aim for most of the time we will be doing well.
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