Grit & Resilience

Developing a passion for goals, persistence to achieve them, and resilience to overcome setbacks along the way.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

Developing grit and resilience through a set of strategies designed to make students see beyond immediate problems to long-term results.

Method Components

As students undertake an activity, the teacher fosters grit through a series of strategies. This process can be conducted individually, in small groups, or in whole-group instruction. These strategies can be deployed as stand-alone activities or as part of a lesson.

Suggested grit-developing strategies

  • Emphasize that all learning is the result of effort, not fixed abilities.
  • Use positive feedback language to reinforce mistakes and setbacks as opportunities to learn.
  • Use inspiring written accounts or video examples of long-term effort leading to great accomplishments.
  • Help students see mistakes and setbacks as a positive part of the learning process.
  • Students imagine who they could be - a “possible self” in the future and discuss what it would take to make that possible self a reality.
  • Students participate in “deliberate practice” at regular intervals, a focused and thoughtful effort to improve performance with a specific goal in mind, followed by a process of analyzing how the practice is going, getting constructive feedback, incorporating the feedback into practice, observing improvements, and moving on to tackle increasingly challenging tasks.
  • Students discuss the effects of adopting grit-developing strategies for themselves and for other students, and how one can continue promoting a grit-developing mindset.
  • Students discuss what helps them keep going even when something is hard and what stops them from persisting and overcoming setbacks.

Example activities

  • Students record their reflections on their progress toward their personal and academic learning goals - for example, a learning progress record where they reply at regular intervals to questions such as, What can I do now that I couldn’t do six months ago? How much closer to my learning goals am I now and what did I do to get here? What strategies are working to overcome setbacks, doubts about my abilities, stress, and insecurities?

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

Persistence, perseverance, grit, tenacity, conscientiousness, and resilience are all qualities that lead to improved academic performance (often measured by grades) as well as better life outcomes; these qualities can be developed through positive habits that focus on goal orientation, learning from mistakes, and deliberate practice.


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1, 3, and 4 and a “Yes” for Part 2.

Part 1. Overview questions

(200-word limit for each response)

  • Activity Description: What kind of project activities did you and your students engage in to become more proficient in applying grit and resilience strategies to improve learning? Please describe the learning activities and strategies you used.
  • Activity Evaluation: How do you know your students increased their proficiency by engaging in the Grit & Resilience activities and what evidence did you collect that demonstrates these learning gains?

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts

Please submit work examples from two students (writing, audio, images, video, or other products) that demonstrate progress toward the Grit & Resilience competency, including such items as pre- and post-activity scores on the online “grit level” evaluation, examples of their future “possible selves,” demonstrations of deliberate practice and performance improvement, samples from their learning progress record, or other relevant items.

Part 3. Student reflections

For the two students whose work examples were included above, submit their student-created reflections on the Grit & Resilience activities they experienced. Use the following questions as guidance (200-word limit for each reflection):

  • How did the grit and resilience activities help you become more persistent in reaching your goals?
  • How did the grit and resilience strategies change your attitude toward what you think you can accomplish and how to use setbacks and mistakes to help you learn and grow?

Part 4. Teacher reflection

Provide a reflection on what you learned, using the following questions as guidance (200-word limit):

  • What was the impact of engaging your students in the Grit & Resilience activity?
  • How will experiencing these project activities shape your daily future teaching practice?

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