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Grit in the Classroom
Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today's Students

ISBN 9781618216311
Published August 1, 2017 by Routledge
166 Pages

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Book Description

The combination of sustained hard work and resiliency, grit is the difference between those who give up and those who don't. Grit in the Classroom: Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today's Students assists educators in creating a learning environment that fosters grit development for all students, regardless of ability. Each chapter includes stories to illustrate the research and ideas presented and ends with discussion questions that can be used to continue the conversation. In an era of talent development and the pursuit of excellence, learners must be equipped with the perseverance that is essential to reaching high levels of success. This book provides a rationale for cultivating grit in the classroom with the goal of propelling this topic into discussions of building passion and talent in today's students.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Anatomy of Grit Chapter 2 Measuring Grit Chapter 3 What Gritty Classrooms Can Learn From Gifted Education and Talent Development Chapter 4 Integrating Grit, Mindsets, and Motivation Chapter 5 Cultivating Passionate Students Chapter 6 Building Grit at Home Chapter 7 Creating a Gritty School Culture Conclusion Resources References About the Author

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Laila Y. Sanguras is a former middle school teacher. That means she's an expert in managing parent loops, writing accommodations, field trip planning, and navigating the highs and lows of middle school emotions. Plus, she knows some stuff about language arts. Her interest in grit stemmed from observing her students balk at challenging activities in school, yet excel despite struggling in areas outside of school. She received her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of North Texas. It sounds boring, but really it's exciting. A storyteller at heart, she now deeply understands how she can use numbers and words to narrate our experiences.


This is a good book for teachers who want to incorporate Angela Duckworth's research on grit into their classroom instruction but need more background . . . Overall an easy, useful read for teachers who are curious to learn more about the practical implementation of grit in the classroom and want some practical ideas to get started. Mindprint Learning, 11/1/17
The book is accessible, engaging, and often humorous, weaving in current research alongside relatable examples and anecdotes for teachers . . . Each chapter ends with discussion questions, making this an excellent choice for school or district-wide professional development . . . VERDICT This comprehensive introduction is the rare professional resource that is useful to most educators in many contexts.,School Library Journal, 2/6/18
Throughout the book, the author's teacher voice conveys a common sense tone sprinkled with humor and realism. She shares personal accounts and offers practical suggestions and viewpoints in a matter-of-fact, succinct, easy-to-read text. I found Grit in the Classroom enjoyable and interesting, and definitely recommend it as a worthwhile addition to other books about grit and mindset.,Linda Bollendorf,MiddleWeb, 2/7/18