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13 - True Grit: Is Resilience Something We Can Teach? 
October 27, 2011   9:45am - 11:00am
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True Grit. It’s the title of a famous novel and movie, but what does it have to do with teaching first-year students? If you look up the word “grit”, you’ll find this definition: “firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck: She has a reputation for grit and common sense.” Students with grit have what it takes to hang in there. They tough things out, despite huge obstacles that get thrown up in their faces. Grit explains the difference between two students who fail the same calculus test but who respond very differently. One throws the exam in the trash can on the way out of the lecture hall and refuses to ever crack the textbook open again. The other vows to study differently and spend more time at it. “I’m not going to let calculus get the better of me. I’m going to take control of my learning so that it gets the best from me!” Can instructors help students get “academically gritty”? If so, how? Explore this topic and its practical applications with Cengage Learning author Constance Staley.

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