A Piece of the Grit Puzzle

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A Piece of the Grit Puzzle

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 8.06.11 AM“Grit” is a buzz word; we have a hard time tying down exactly what we mean by it, or even if we share a common understanding.  Earlier this year we had a lengthy discussion in this blog space about “grit”.

Check out this short piece from CBS Channel 9 LA yesterday; I think you will agree that, whatever “grit” is, this is a piece of it. Am I biased? Hell yes. What does she have that the rest of us don’t? Can it be extracted, analyzed, taught, learned, acquired? Can it even be understood? I don’t know. I do know that of all the athletes in the world competing at this level, or at any level that requires this level of physical commitment, there cannot be a handful, if that many, that are doing it in pain every time they take a step.

Has to be grit in that.

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By | 2014-07-01T15:42:34+00:00 July 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|3 Comments

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  1. Philip Cummings July 2, 2014 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Very cool. Thanks for sharing this, Grant. With that type of determination, she’ll be able to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to.

  2. principalaim July 5, 2014 at 3:12 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on principalaim and commented:
    Like so many, I, too, have been looking for concrete ways to define grit for my students. Thanks to Grant Lichtman, I have a great example of what it means to embody “grit.” As I see it, grit is: courage, perseverance, determination, heart, passion, and dedication. Regardless to how it is defined, grit is a fundamental 21st century skill set for our students. How do you define grit? tlb

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