Remember the social guideline that if you hear it from at least three people, it must be true?
Well, more than three educators nationwide seem to think that our students lack "grit" these days, and many are hypothesizing why (and how to fix it).
The coming blog posts are going to share my ideas on the topic of grit, but for now, allow me to introduce my new (free!) pet project to you - one that I will call "Project Awesome".
About Project Grit (Project Awesome)
In addition to lacking grit, this year, some of my students are generally lacking energy and enthusiasm for school. (I won't point fingers yet about the reasons why.) They're rolling into my morning homeroom extremely tired, and it's getting harder to convince them to be excited for the day.
Since I can't make them get more sleep, I can at least do my part to wake them up. Lately, I've been trying to play fun videos that would be motivational or amusing to make them smile, get their brains going, or remind them (lovingly) why they need to persist through their day.
Besides - I'm a big believer in modeling things for our students, and/or showing them examples of what things look like. Some of them need to see what we mean when we ask them to do vague things like "have grit" or "push yourself".
Enter Project Awesome, the still-in-development collection of videos that I'm curating for my students and passing along to you!
How It Works
Play these videos (of varying lengths, topics, etc.) whenever you think your kids need it: as bell-ringers, as morning wake-ups, or as mini-lessons across the curriculum.
If you want to nominate a video that I should add, click here for the nomination form!
Click here to access the Google Slides show, including the first few videos I've collected (and directions about how to use the videos).
PS - I'm calling it "Project Awesome" to my kids, so they don't feel like I'm just lecturing them about grit, but it could just as easily be called "Project Grit".
Side note - I have no affiliation with any of the makers of any of these videos. I'm sending you directly to their YouTube channels so that you can increase their view counts, subscribe to them, and appreciate them directly!
Tell me in the comments: What do you think? What videos help inspire you or your students? What are you doing to teach, model, or promote grit?