Perhaps you read the New York Times article written last year about “grit” or heard the term used in an interview on National Public Radio. It’s become quite popular in educational circles.
The term “grit” was defined by Angela Lee Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania. It is used to assess character traits that define why some students are successful in the face of obstacles and why students of lesser ability outperform students with higher intelligence. These traits include resilience, self-control and persistence. Research is showing that how students approach learning may be as critical as what they learn.