By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

We are very used to measuring our students’ ability to analyze this, evaluate that, or use a plethora of other Bloom’s Taxonomy verbs in order to demonstrate their learning. In the following TED Talk, management-consultant-turned-Math-teacher-turned-psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth suggests that we start measuring a new skill: grit, which she defines as “passion and perseverance for very long-term goals”.

In this brief presentation, Angela sums up her research, which finds that the best predictor of success among students, military cadets, spelling bee contestants, new teachers, and salespeople is grit.

How do you teach your students to develop their grit? What would it be like if grit-related objectives actually appeared on the syllabus?


  1. kbates20145 years ago

    Great video! In a new IDTcourse (G42) we will be exploring grit and motivation. If you are interested in exploring this topic more, consider enrolling in the course. It begins October 20 and is offered online. The first section is full and we are in the process of adding another section!

  2. Cory Budischak5 years ago

    This video is one of my favorites. I show my students this along with the video “You Can Learn Anything” by the Khan Academy ( to show my students that motivation and perseverance is a key factor in education.

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