If you’ve read our Robinson Mission Statement (or if you’ve listened to a Robinson kiddo or teacher talking lately), then you know it mentions GRIT:
and our kiddos know that you gotta have GRIT, make mistakes, try again and work hard in order to learn and be successful. And so this being true, this is a topic that it is important to start talking about (and practice using!) early in the year.
We started the other day by talking about that the word GRIT meant to my new friends. I was SUPER impressed with what they already knew; even as kindergarteners, these kiddos were learning about and applying this big deal concept. Check out what they said during our first conversation:
I was especially impressed by the way Mara explained GRIT as having “enough courage to do something even if it’s hard or you’re scared.” It’s like being brave!
We used another fabulous classroom tool to practice this idea (and one that my friend and teammate, Mrs. Marks, reminded me about the other day): puzzles! I had been collecting them all summer with the intention of bringing in new ones for this year’s class, so when I saw the AMAZING job Mrs. Mark’s first graders had done with working hard and being gritty with puzzles, I knew this was the way we’d be gritty, too!
Kiddos were able to choose a partner and a puzzle and they got busy. We worked for a pretty big chunk of time, and while we worked pretty hard, not many of us finished–which is TOTALLY ok for our first try!
We did have one puzzle that was completed by Kaiden and Jack, though–check it out!
Now, don’t get me wrong–this doesn’t mean the rest of us weren’t being very diligent puzzle-makers and working with our partners well, but I did hear many kiddos say “This is hard!” and “I can’t do this!” or “There are too many pieces in this puzzle!” It seems like we need to keep working on our self-talk, our problem solving about what to do when things are hard, and even with what we can say instead of those negative explanations. Later on this week we’ll going to start talking about YET, and I am sure that this will be helpful to my first grade friends.
We also debriefed on the activity, marking what was helpful and what was hard. This will also guide our thinking the next time we do puzzles (or encounter anything that’s hard!).
I can’t wait to share with you what happens the next time!