Friday, February 6, 2015

EduCon 2015 Reflections: 3. Grit

Another session on 'grit' by Pam Moran and Ira Socol has me reading again, at length.

I've always felt...

.. and still do.

Interesting article, and well worth a read: Is 'Grit' Racist?

The simple directive to 'work harder' I find shallow, especially for students. I've found in many cases the 'grit' discussion focuses solely on 'work harder to fit in our system.'

There's more to teaching than that... or at least there should be.

There's more to school systems than that... hopefully.

One example I was unpacking in a group discussion in the hallway at EduCon with folks was on 'homework.' Validity and purpose discussions with faculty and students is key rather than fostering a 'just do it' mentality and stopping there.

As Diana Laufenberg puts it, "there's more to the discussion than simply 'doing more faster.'"

Fascinating debate for teachers to encourage with students, and for schools to undertake, especially for those who've been pushing messages on getting more 'grit.'

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