", then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” "
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Welcome to Room 208!
This year we will embark on an incredible journey together! Through literature and writing, we will explore new worlds, travel to unexpected locations, and meet some unforgettable characters! This journey will include short stories, poetry, and novels, as well as non-fiction writing. Hopefully, we will find something that everyone enjoys reading and writing.
In addition to exploring the written word, we will also learn about the importance of social-emotional wellness. Specifically, we will stress Sixteen Habits of Success that are vital to a well-rounded and rewarding life. Every two weeks, I will highlight one of these Sixteen Habits of Success. They include:
– GROWTH MINDSET
– ACADEMIC TENACITY
– SENSE OF BELONGING
– RELEVANCE OF SCHOOL
– EXECUTIVE FUNCTION
Week 1: Resilience
The first habit I want to talk to you about is resilience. Merriam-Webster defines resilience as "an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change" (www.merriam-webster.com/ dictionary/resilience). In scientific terms, it is the ability of a substance to spring back into shape. Resilience is the notion of jumping back up when life knocks you down, dusting yourself off, and trying again. Resilience ties in very closely with one of our Eagle P.R.I.D.E. traits, perseverance--a continued effort to do or strive to achieve something despite hardships or failures. When we add a third characteristic into the mix, passion (an interest or enthusiasm for something), we can see students start to build a truly remarkable quality--GRIT!
Grit is passion and perseverance to stick with a long-term goal to see it through to completion. It is having the resilience to overcome the obstacles that might convince someone else to give up. It is sticking with it when the going gets tough! Grit (resilience + passion+ perseverance) can help students to overcome difficulties in the classroom as well as outside of school (on the ballfield, in their careers, in their personal lives, etc.). Take a look at these example of grit.
So what can we, as parents and educators, do to help our students develop resilience and grit? Here are some tips for encouraging grit in your children at home, followed by some things we will be doing here at school to foster resilience and grit.
Ways You Can Develop GRIT At Home:
*For more about how to encourage grit at home, read "How (and Why) to Teach Kids to Have More Grit".
Ways We Will Develop GRIT At School: