|Course Number:||EDU 5515 C30|
|Dates & Times:||March 2 - April 6, 2020|
|Credits:||3 Graduate Credits|
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This course explores what mental toughness entails to young minds and why it matters. This course will ask participants to analyze their current classroom of students and determine which students are gritty and which are not. Different case scenarios whereby passion and perseverance versus talent relative to achievement will be highlighted. Participants will explore ways to teach GRIT in their classes and educational environment through the creation of classroom activities. Learn techniques to demand more of yourself than was thought possible and give students those tools to believe every dream they imagine, everything that is heard and felt in your sleep is not a fantasy, that’s deep instinct and how to tap into that RELENTLESS potential!
At the end of the course, successful students will be able to:
DISCUSSION BOARD EXPECTATIONS:
There are four modules. You will receive a participation grade for each module. The scoring is as follows:
3 You participated in all components of the module.
2 You participated in most components of the module.
1 You participated in some components of the module.
0 You did not participate in the module.
The sum of your 4 participation grades will be divided by 12 for a final participation grade.
3 You thoroughly participated in the discussion (3 or more posts). Your contributions were relevant to the posted topic(s), detailed & keep the conversation moving.
2 You participated in the discussion (2 posts). Your contributions were relevant to the posted topic(s), & helped keep the conversation moving.
1 You participated in the discussion (1 post). Your contributions were somewhat relevant to the posted topic(s).
0 You did not participate in the discussion.
Learning Activity/Case Study Rubric:
3 The activity was thoroughly completed, demonstrates deep reflection about the topic, and provides evidence of genuine understanding of how the assignment relates to your professional work.
2 The activity was completed, demonstrates reflection about the topic, and provides evidence of understanding how the assignment relates to your professional work.
1 The activity was partially completed, demonstrates minimal reflection about the topic, and provides little evidence of understanding how the assignment relates to your professional work.
0 The activity was not completed.
Books (optional) - Instructor will also provide selected handouts with relevant information.
Grover, Tim S, Relentless From Good to Great to Unstoppable. Scribner, New York, NY, 2013; ISBN 9781476710938.
Angela Duckworth. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. New York, NY: Scribner, 2016, 352 pages
Module 1: Topics and Content
1. Define GRIT: https://www.ted.com/speakers/angela_lee_duckworth
2. How Gritty are You?
3. Establishing your own GRIT score and reflection: https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale/
4. 2 Predictors of success: https://angeladuckworth.com/research/
5. Gritty in Real Life
Module 1 Project:
1. Case Study: Bruno Mars - Don’t Give Up
Discussion Board Module 1:
• Introduce yourself! Please post a brief introduction and educational experience. Respond to 2 other students
• Reflection: What is grit? Take the “How Gritty Are you” - are you surprised by your score? Can you predict how your students will score?
• Case Study: Bruno Mars
Module 2: Topics and Content
1. How can GRIT be taught? https://www.edutopia.org/blog/true-grit-measure-teach-success-vicki-davis
2. Self-Control and Success
Module 2 Projects:
1. Admiral McRaven's "If you want to change the World"
Discussion Board Module 2
1. Case Study: Admiral McRaven's "If you want to change the World" - Answer the resource - guided questions - this is also a resource you can use in class.
Module 3: Topics and Content:
1. Relentless: Being a Cleaner (pressure, going into a zone, push yourself harder when everyone else has had enough, decisive decision making)
Module 3 Projects:
1. Task cards (create at least 3) - examples on Canvas
Discussion Board Module 3:
2. Post your task cards (at least 3 task cards) and how you see these being incorporated into your educational environment.
Module 4: Topics and Content:
1. Coolers, Closers and Cleaners
2. Which of these 3 define you - how can you get to a higher level
How can kids be taught resilience? https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/06/how-kids-really-succeed/480744/
Module 4 Projects:
1. Case Study:
2. Bell Ringers - create 3 bell ringer activities for teaching GRIT and Relentlessness character education - you will be assigned a partner for collaboration for this project - partnering will be according to interests and educational situation
Discussion Board Module 4
• Collaboration partner and individual reflection (posted in Canvas)
• Post 3 collaborative bell ringer activities
Module 5: Topics and Content:
1. Creating an anti-fragile athlete in today’s instant gratification world
2. Visualization: Playing in the Zone (Young Champion’s Mind)
Module 5 Projects:
1. Attitude over Adversity - Situation Role-Plays
Discussion Board Module 5:
1. Download the Attitude over Adversity situations and champions’ responses. Take the inventory and reflect on your responses in 2-3 thoughts.
2. Create a situation/response activity for your student-athletes tailored to your sport/activity. Create at least 4 situations - this will also be used in your final project.
Module 6/7: Putting it all together - Final Project
• Final project (Module 4 Project)
• Summary of Learning: (Directions)
1. The final project will integrate the student’s learning of all lessons. The materials will be synthesized into a final project that illustrates how the content will be used in the teacher’s classroom.
2. Summary of Learning - Develop a statement off of how the concept of GRIT and being Relentless plays a role in instruction and impactful student development. Reflect on each module 2-3 takeaways for your student-athletes.
Discussion Board Module 6/7 :
• Post Final Project (Summary of Learning)