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Got Grit?

posted Jan 2, 2015, 9:11 AM by Brenda Williams
At Pequot Lakes Schools, it’s almost the end of the first semester, which for parents brings the arrival of your child’s report card. On a report card, academic success is measured in benchmarks or letter grades. However, it’s important to note the value of the comments regarding your child’s learner behaviors. In an article for Educational Leadership, Thomas Hoerr states that academics are important, but are only part of what students need to succeed in life; that attitudes are even more important than our skills!

At Eagle View, our motto is “EVery Child, EVery Day.” Our staff strives to foster in each student a positive attitude about lifelong learning and citizenship. In schools, teachers value student effort in showing evidence of mastery in their learning. Yet, there is another quality that is crucial for achieving success in the real world that can’t be defined with a letter grade . . . grit. As quoted by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.,“Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.”

At Eagle View as in all schools, we have students with diverse academic needs. Some students struggle and school is challenging. Our staff strives to create opportunities for success for those students and help them see that they can achieve. It is essential that every child builds their self-esteem and feels that learning is possible. For other students, learning comes easily. Our responsibility is different to help these students have the opportunity to experience frustration to develop grit. Thomas Hoerr states, “People who have not learned to respond well to frustration and failure are likely to choose paths without much risk or challenge.”

I hope that each student at Eagle View Elementary and Pequot Lakes Schools is challenged and will grow this year… grow in academic skills… and grow in grit!

-- Melissa Hesch, Eagle View Elementary Principal