Students who have more grit tend to be more successful academically, and teachers can encourage grittiness by guiding students in practicing self-discipline to reach long-term goals, writes Vicki Zakrzewski, education director at the Greater Good Science Center of the University of California, Berkeley. In this blog post, Zakrzewski cites the work of leading grit researcher Angela Duckworth and urges educators to first develop an understanding of the emotional and social aspects of grit to better empathize with and guide students who may struggle to reach their goals.

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