Grit isn’t just for students. Gritty teachers are more effective in high-poverty schools, concludes a new study in Teachers College Record, by Penn researchers Claire Robertson-Kraft and Angela Duckworth. New teachers with higher levels of “perseverance and passion for long-term goals” (aka “grit”) were less likely to quit and more likely to be rated effective, notes Ed Week.
Raters scored 461 novice teachers’ resumes to evaluate multi-year persistence.
The highest score of 6 might go to a gritty teacher who was a “member of the cross-country team for four years and voted MVP in senior year” and was also “founder and president for two years of the university’s Habitat for Humanity chapter.” The unnamed teacher-training organization that provided the data for the study is now using a version of this rating system as one of multiple tools to help make hiring decisions.
The study used the teacher-training group’s assessment of effectiveness, which was based on several different measures of student achievement.