In this course, you will explore five areas that will lead you to success in achieving your goal of continuing your education. Topics addressed include:
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
- George Bernard Shaw
Lesson 1 shows you how to create the necessary attitude of stick-to-it-iveness to excel in academics and in life by using a steady, persistent approach. You will learn how to begin a task and ways you can improve your attitude of grit to complete what you set out to do. You will discover the kind of attitude that makes you a successful student, as well as how much grit you already have (and may need to develop) to succeed in passing the High School Equivalency (HSE) and completing further education. Have some fun with this.
Please use this dictionary Web site to look up any unfamiliar words.
|Readings, Resources, and Assignments|
Lesson Materials: Lesson 1 including the information located in the Presentation and Practice.
|Multimedia Resources (optional)||
View the True Grit PowerPoint presentation.
See "Assessing Your Learning" for details on each assignment.
Check this out! Which one are you aiming to become?
Are you a successful student or a struggling student?
|Successful Students:||Struggling Students:|
|Accept personal responsibility for their life outcomes.||See themselves as victims, blaming others for outcomes and issues.|
|Express desire and drive to fulfill personal goals.||Are challenged to stay motivated and often lack the desire to set goals.|
|Manage time effectively to meet goals.||Seldom identify a specific plan of action needed to achieve goals.|
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
To help you prepare for the information contained in Lesson 1 and complete the assessments found in the Assessing Your Learning Section, visit the Key Terms Link and play the interactive games using the terms from this lesson.
Before you begin this course, you should have a fundamental understanding of computer usage. The series of links below covers computer literacy topics. Look over the topics and click on any that discuss skills you would like to improve. These Web sites are full of helpful information. Feel free to copy and paste the links into a Word document and save them for future use.
How True Grit Came About
For several years, Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied what makes people successful. She attended Harvard and Oxford Universities and watched some students succeed while others dropped out.
She wondered about the difference in these students, since those people who make it to Harvard and Oxford usually have a high IQ, money, and many other advantages that helped to get them there.
Duckworth also studied West Point Cadets, National Spelling Bee contestants, and many other groups of people. Over and over, she found that IQ is not the most important factor in success, and neither is the grades earned in school.
Instead, she found that grit is the most important factor. Grit is a character trait. It is how your actions match up with what you think is important, especially as you work toward your long-term goals.
Grit is another word for perseverance. Grit is not giving up when life gets hard. Grit is diligently keeping your focus on your goal when you encounter setbacks (the tough spots that make your goal seem too difficult or impossible) – and getting to that goal no matter what.
Michael Jordan was not a naturally better basketball player than the other Chicago Bulls. He practiced longer and harder, and wanted to win more.
Grit can be developed. If you don't have a lot now, you can work on it, and become grittier.
Watch and listen to this presentation ("True Grit") to review the most important points about true grit.
Answer in detail the questions in the Assessing Your Learning section that follows. Type your answers in the space or textbox indicated in the submission link.
Please introduce yourself in the submission box below, and include in your discussion:
Instruction Guide: Accessing the Grit Survey
Remember, it can be difficult to change habits of attitude and behavior. You will be most successful if you just focus on 1 or 2 items at a time until you have mastered them, and then move on to the next ones.
Submit Individual Reflection of 12 Grit Scale
Duckworth, A. L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M. D., & Kelly, D. R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 9, 1087-1101.