I’ve always been passionate about character education and when I needed to choose a dissertation topic for my research, “grit” fell into my lap via a great NYT article. “The Secret to Success is Failure,” by Paul Tough, was handed to me by someone, and voila! My dissertation topic was born. I have always believed that character education is just as important as academics, because “who students are” matters just as much as whether they can read, write, and problem solve. I’m well aware that grit is only one component of character ed., however the concept sure is a necessity for anyone who would like to achieve a distant goal.
After extensive research, and many hours of gathering ideas and incorporating best practices, three years of “grit” curricula is complete. Grit 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 are ready to be taught. Each year encompasses ten sequential lessons that scaffold to build overall grit. They are organized using the same lesson plan format and include all materials needed to teach the lessons with fidelity. Currently, the curricula is designed for middle school age children, however they can be adjusted either “up” or “down.”
These are the virtues included in each year’s curriculum:
- Growth mindset