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Students Need to Risk Some Failure on the Way to Success

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Think back to when your teen was a baby - maybe 9 or 10 months old - and they tried to stack blocks for the first time. It's highly likely they were not able to build the stack on their first try. At least not as high as they would have liked. For many parents (and some teachers!), the first instinct is to reach in and cheerfully "fix" the stack. The baby has a tower without the experience of trial and error in building it or in strategizing to overcome small failures along the way.

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Is Grit the Key to Student Success?

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Working hand in hand with a growth mindset is the concept of grit. Angela Duckworth describes this trait as both a person's passion and perseverance, and further defines it as "sticking with things over the very long term until you master them." In essence, success comes from a desire to achieve.

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What is The Value of Failure?

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Early educational reformer John Dewey said it best: "Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from failures as from successes.”

Failure is not a bad thing; instead, it is a certain and unavoidable part of learning. When used constructively in a safe environment, failure can be a master teacher for teen learning. Students who are not successful can benefit from feedback and learn how to get better.  

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What Does It Take to Be a Passionate Learner?

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The way we think about educating children and preparing them for their future is changing. Information that you can learn from a textbook is not enough. Students' ability to be resilient in the learning environment is critical for their success in school and beyond. Qualities such as curiosity, grit, and passion are critical for success in the 21st century and need to be key components of the curriculum.

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