Increasing Grit with Inspirational Videos

It seems to be an unfortunate reality that more and more students are coming to school without grit and enthusiasm these days. How can we go about teaching grit, especially when it's such a vague concept? Enter Project Awesome. This is a pet project I've created to work on increasing grit with inspirational videos. Click through to read more and get access to my Google Slides for Project Awesome!

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". 

It seems to be an unfortunate reality that more and more students are coming to school without grit and enthusiasm these days. How can we go about teaching grit, especially when it's such a vague concept? Enter Project Awesome. This is a pet project I've created to work on increasing grit with inspirational videos. Click through to read more and get access to my Google Slides for Project Awesome!

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?

3 comments

  1. I can't fill out the nomination form but here is a video I like to show at the beginning of the year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sUKoKQlEC4
    I look forward to seeing what else you find. This is a great start!

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  2. Love this idea and have shown some of these videos to my students before!

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  3. I love Kid President! I have shared his video with my students as well. I agree with you. "In addition to lacking grit, this year, some of my students are generally lacking energy and enthusiasm for school." I've had the same experience this year as well. I love the idea of "Project Awesome". With 25 teaching days left... maybe I can get the last little bit of awesome left.

    Renée (AKA MadameKenny)
    http://madamekenny.com

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