Do Teachers Need More ‘Grit’?

Do Teachers Need More ‘Grit’?

In recent months, the term "grit"—tenacity, resilience, or perseverance—has been popping up in discussions about student success. Many researchers and educators argue that grit is a critical factor in students' academic performance. Now, a new study of novice educators in high-needs schools suggests that teachers with higher levels of "grit" may be more effective than their peers—and less likely to leave the classroom.

How do this study's findings compare to your own experiences as an educator? How important is "grit" to teacher effectiveness? Should school leaders and policymakers seek to hire teachers with more "grit" or focus their attention on other factors affecting teacher retention and effectiveness? If you were a policymaker, which would you prioritize?

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On the anniversary of the Brown decision, teacher Scarlett Gaddy longs for a time when educators can concentrate on each child's progress, regardless of his or her race.

How Today's Teachers Develop Grit and Resiliency

Resilient teachers discover their own power to find meaning, solve complex problems, and make meaningful connections, Meenoo Rami says.

Identifying Teacher 'Grit' Less Crucial Than Helping Teachers Thrive

It's one thing to be able to identify the grittiest new recruits; it's another thing to make teaching the kind of profession that attracts smart, reflective, highly educated people, Kathleen Melville says.

How About We Talk About 'Grit' for Policymakers and School Leaders?

Stop searching for ways to build illusive qualities like grit. It's a trap that will only divert us from our real goal: high quality, supported, well-prepared teachers for every child, in every classroom no matter what.

To Harness Teacher 'Grit,' Remove Obstacles That Hinder Teaching

Jennifer Barnett argues that schools can't just achieve a workforce with grit merely through recruitment efforts.

'Grit' Is Not a Substitute for School Support of Teachers

Cindi Rigsbee says she returned to teaching after almost giving it up, but not because she lacked grit.

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