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Deborah Perkins-Gough "A Conversation with Angela Lee Duckworth"
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  1. resilience
    ability of a material to return to its original shape
    How are grit and resilience related?
  2. gritty
    composed of or covered with small particles
    Grit is related because part of what it means to be gritty is to be resilient in the face of failure or adversity.
  3. disincentive
    a negative motivational influence
    But despite those disincentives, Upper Darby School District, a large urban public school district near the University of Pennsylvania, has partnered with us.
  4. meritocracy
    a social system in which power goes to superior intellects
    He walks you through what happened in 20th-century America— there was a very well-intentioned shift toward a meritocracy and a desire to admit people to the most elite schools on the basis of what they could do,
    not on the basis of family lineage, last name, or color of skin.
  5. standardize
    cause to conform to a norm
    the single-minded focus on standardized testing and toward a broader view of the whole child.
  6. cognitive
    relating to or involving the mental process of knowing
    But I’ve heard other people use resilience to mean bouncing back from adversity, cognitive or otherwise.
  7. plasticity
    the property of being physically malleable
    In Carol’s work, she shows kids scientific evidence of brain plasticity— the fact that peoples’ brains change
    with experience.
  8. resilient
    recovering readily from adversity, depression, or the like
    And some people use resilient specifically to refer to kids who come from at-risk environments who thrive nevertheless.
  9. resonate
    produce a deep, clear sound
    But on average—and I think many teachers would resonate with this— there are a lot of fragile gifted and talented kids who don’t know how to fail.
  10. empathy
    understanding and entering into another's feelings
    What we’re seeing now is a swing back toward a recognition that these standardized tests, although they serve an important function, are limited
    in their ability to pick up things like grit and self-control—as well as many other traits that I don’t study—gratitude, honesty, generosity, empathy for the suffering of others, social intelligence, tact, charisma.
  11. adversity
    a state of misfortune or affliction
    But I’ve heard other people use resilience to mean bouncing back from adversity, cognitive or otherwise.
  12. proactive
    causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond
    Another important quality is being proactive—when a kid thinks, “I care about the whales, and I’m going to start an organization,”
    and then actually goes out and does that.
  13. inverse
    turned backward in order or nature or effect
    Probably the finding that most surprised me was that in the West Point data set, as well as other data sets, grit and talent either aren’t related at all or are actually inversely related.
  14. pendulum
    an apparatus in which an object is mounted to swing freely
    I think there’s been a pendulum swing toward the importance of noncognitive traits.
  15. trait
    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
    In
    this interview with Educational Leadership, Duckworth describes what her research has shown about the relationship between grit and achievement, and she reflects on the importance of helping students develop grit and other noncognitive traits.
  16. intervention
    the act of interposing one thing between or among others
    Every school has a three-tiered system of intervention to support positive student behavior.
  17. aptitude
    inherent ability
    Admission to West Point depends heavily on the Whole Candidate Score, which includes SAT scores, class rank, demonstrated leadership ability, and physical aptitude.
  18. charisma
    personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others
    What we’re seeing now is a swing back toward a recognition that these standardized tests, although they serve an important function, are limited
    in their ability to pick up things like grit and self-control—as well as many other traits that I don’t study—gratitude, honesty, generosity, empathy for the suffering of others, social intelligence, tact, charisma.
  19. quip
    a witty saying
    Woody Allen once quipped that
    80 percent of success in life is just showing up.
  20. retention
    the act of keeping something
    Upper Darby’s intensive character- building program has yielded results at
    the elementary level, middle school level, and even in the 9th grade: At this grade level, when many students commonly struggle, retention rates have decreased, discipline problems have fallen, and student achievement has risen.
  21. appraise
    consider in a comprehensive way
    It’s all about one specific definition of resilience, which is optimism— appraising situations without distorting them, thinking about changes that are possible to make in your life.
  22. tenacious
    stubbornly unyielding
    The attitude “I can get better if I try harder” should help make you a
    tenacious, determined, hard-working person.
  23. thriving
    very lively and profitable
    In that first 90-minute conversation and a follow-up meeting a week later, the two of them laid the groundwork for a thriving university–district partnership.
  24. honesty
    the quality of being truthful and having integrity
    What we’re seeing now is a swing back toward a recognition that these standardized tests, although they serve an important function, are limited
    in their ability to pick up things like grit and self-control—as well as many other traits that I don’t study—gratitude, honesty, generosity, empathy for the suffering of others, social intelligence, tact, charisma.
  25. threshold
    the starting point for a new state or experience
    In terms of academics, if you’re just trying to get an A or an A-, just trying to make it to some threshold, and you’re a really talented kid, you may do your homework in a few minutes, whereas other kids might take much longer.
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