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JumpStart Your Learning Tutorial: Grit and the Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth at TED Talks Education

With your assumptions about predictors of success in mind, watch Angela Duckworth describe the importance of grit when it comes to academic success and learner agency. This video can easily be watched at 1.5 times the speed and will pause at regular intervals to test your understanding of the concepts being presented. You cannot skip ahead but you can rewind in ten-second intervals .

How Gritty Are You?

We just discovered that grit, not talent or IQ, leads to success at school. To find out how gritty you are, complete Angela Duckworth's Grit Scale. As you complete the survey, consider the factors that contribute to grit rather than the score you receive.

Angela Duckworth's Grit Scale

This assessment is designed to help you determine how gritty you are. You will receive a grit score on a scale of 0-5 and learn how your score relates to a large sampling of American adults. Knowing where you stand compared to others gives you a place to start, but reflecting on the factors that contribute to grit helps you to know how to be more gritty.

Jot down your score, but make special note of the areas you can improve on most.
For example, you might say 'I am easily distracted', or 'setbacks sometimes discourage me'.