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Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

What is the key to success?  Is it Grit?

“Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.”

This TedTalk embodies many of the On Course principles of student success.  Take a moment to watch and be inspired

On Course videos

Skip Downing, the author of On Course, has a great YouTube channel with helpful videos for teaching the 8 On Course Principles.

Here is the link to the channel:

If you are not sure what On Course is, take a moment to watch this introduction:

Are your students motivated?

I hope one day I will arrive to class with an entire class of students who are sitting waiting for me to talk because they are so motivated to learn!  As teachers we spend a lot of time trying to motivate our students.  How do you motivate your students?

Are your students self-aware

In what ways are you helping your students increase their self-awareness?

How are you promoting life-long learning?

It is so important that we are encouraging our students to continue learning throughout their life.  How do you promote life-long learning?

Interdependence in the classroom

Please share with us how you are increasing Interdepence in the classroom.  Are you including collaboration and communication? Are your students building relationships in the classroom?

Increase emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is an important skill of all of our students.  What are you doing in the classroom to promote emotional intelligence?

Classrooms full of students who believe in themselves

How are you helping your students increase their belief in themselves?

Do you have an active learning lessons you would like to share?

We would love to hear about how you are incorporating active learning in the classroom.  Please share with us how you are turning your classroom into an active collaborative space.

Technology use in the classroom

What technology tools are you using in the classroom to support a learner-centered environment?