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Naoimh Campbell is a Teach First student currently working at Braunstone Community Primary School in Leicester. Like all TF students and teachers she has to learn fast and be gritty about the challenging journey of accelerated, school-based professional development. But Naoimh is going an extra mile and exploring how Gritty Learning can enhance not only her own progress but that of her pupils. Here's her story so far:
The What? The How? The Why? And The Who? of the Class 14 Grit Brigade
I did research. I read about grit, I watched grit, I discussed grit and created my grit; the brand of grit I wanted to perpetuate in my classroom. I decided what I wanted.
I want my children to experience failure. I want them to take risks. I want them to tackle unfamiliar tasks and have the confidence to attempt them whilst facing a very real possibility of failure rather than choose a safer option with a lesser reward. I want to equip my children with the skills to fail well so that they can succeed more.
Tom Hoerr is principal at New City School, St Louis and is a practical and inspiring international thought leader. In this fantastic pocket book he'll tell you all you need to know about gritty learning and how to make it come alive in your classrooms, staff rooms and playgrounds. (when I say pocket I mean pocket: this is huge quality over quantity!)
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