Random thought to start the day, on #grit and instructional time

Katie Osgood once again waxes defiantly against the most ridiculous concept of “grit.” I suggest reading that. I want to support this with my own experience. It is one thing to ensure that all students are reading, or what have you, on the monolithic concept of “grade level,” which is in and of itself an […]

Ignoring Mental Health in the Grit Debate

This week, NPR has (once again) jumped onto the “gritty” bandwagon by playing a number of pieces related to the corporate education reform favorite of “grit.”  On my way to work one morning, I heard an NPR reporter share in a perky voice, “Experts define grit as persistence, determination and resilience; it’s that je ne sais […]

Happy New Year from @thechalkface! Top posts of 2012

To celebrate the new year @ the chalk face, here are the top ten posts of 2012: Paul Tough Is Way Off-Base. And Stop Saying “Grit” School Today….What they don’t tell you. (Written by a teacher) Hi. I’m Lauren, and I’m a Recovering Elitist NYC Teaching Fellow Message To My Teacher Friends At The Start […]


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