“To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other… to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal… to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice… to fall down seven times and rise eight.”
A recurring question on the minds of our staff team this year has been, “How do you grow resilience?” Resilience is the ability to endure and even thrive in the face of adversity. That adversity can come in the form of living in the shadow of violence and conflict, as we’ve written about before. But there is also challenge inherent in the learning process. In order to learn and grow a child must move beyond their current knowledge and skills and attempt things that are often hard at first. To make progress in life and in learning, children need to develop resilience.
Every teacher knows this from experience and finds ways of helping children rise to a challenge. But we have made it a specific focus at TCC this term, getting specific training and discussing as a team how we can model and teach resilience to the children. Our hope is that as we foster a culture of resilience and emotional maturity within our school community, the children will not only be helped in facing the
immediate challenges of life and learning, but will be set on a trajectory to overcome whatever challenges may lie ahead of them as they grow into young men and women.
Any path worth walking will have challenges, so developing a child’s “grit” may be one of the most important lessons they will ever learn.