COURSE TITLE:

FOSTERING GRIT IN THE CLASSROOM

NO. OF CREDITS:

6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]

WA CLOCK HRS:  
OREGON PDUs:
60
60

INSTRUCTOR:

Patricia Dickenson
thewiredprofessor@gmail.com

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The key to success is not necessarily how well a student performs on a standardized test or their ranking in school, but their ability to work hard, struggle, and persevere until they accomplish a task.  This process is what Angela Ducksworth coined “grit” and research suggests this may be the key to long term success and happiness. Knowing how to persevere in a task maybe  just as important as the knowledge within a task.  When grit is taught in the classroom this has a long-term impact that goes beyond the classroom door. Teachers can instill grit in students through relationship building, challenging tasks and active reflection. Learning how to promote grit in the classroom supports students in adopting a growth mindset so when mistakes are made students perceive this as an opportunity to grow.

This course is appropriate for teachers K-12.

This course will use the book Grit in the Classroom: Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today’s Students by Laila Y. Sanguras.  The cost of the book is approximately $13.00.  ISBN-13: 978-1618216311

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Gained knowledge on the role of grit in today’s classroom.
  • Developed an understanding of teachers can foster grit in their students.
  • Learned how to create tasks that support the development of grit.
  • Explore components of grit that will support the social emotional development of the whole child. 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.


HOURS EARNED:
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.




 

UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%



 

CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

REQUIRED TEXT

None. All reading is online.

MATERIALS FEE

None.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:

Dr. Patricia Dickenson is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education. She is the Program Lead for the Bachelors of Arts In Interdisciplinary Studies with the Preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Credential. She is also the Course Lead for several Courses at National University including: TED 350 Math and Science Methods, ITL 516 Elementary Math Methods, ITL 518 Elementary Science Methods, TED 300 Foundations in Education, TED 310 Educational Psychology. Her research area focuses on mathematics professional development and technology. She has worked in higher education for the past 8 years and was a mathematics coach and elementary school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified school district for over ten years. Dr. Dickenson has published two books and has over 12 book chapters and articles. She recently received the National Council of Teaching Mathematics Grant for Classroom research,

BIBLIOGRAPHY

FOSTERING GRIT IN THE CLASSROOM

Bloom, B., (1985) Developing Talent in Young People. Retrieved from: http://www.kragen.net/uploads/4/5/4/3/4543087/developing_talent_in_young_people_-_book_review.pdf

 

Ducksworth, A., (ND) Grit the power of passion and perserverence.  Retrieved from: https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

 

Sanguras, L., ( 2017) Grit in the Classroom: Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today’s Students. Waco, Tx. Prufrock Press.

ISBN: 978-1-61821-631-1.  This book provides a wonderful blend of research in the area of motivation, and classroom-based practices to support and foster grit.   Written by middle school teacher Laila Sanguras, the author includes anecdotal experiences from the classroom and the latest research in motivation from growth mindset to goal orientation and how each of these theories can be applied to grit.