GRIT Objective: I understand that intelligence can be developed, the brain is malleable, and persevering when doing challenging work is the best way to develop character and intellect How long do you think it took Mendel to form his data and conclusions/observations about peas? ■ 10 years! Do you think Mendel was the “smartest” person to live in his time period? ■ Probably not – so what exactly set him apart, enabling him to eventually become the Father of Modern Genetics? Do you think intelligence is fixed, or do you think you can change how “smart” you are later in life? ■ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtKJrB5rOKs What do you think is the largest predictor of success when achieving set goals? ■ IQ? ■ Talent? ■ Social intelligence? ■ Privilege? ■ Money/resources available? What is grit? ■ Grit is a distinct combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals even in the face of discomfort, rejection, and a lack of visible progress for years, or even decades. Why does grit matter? ■ Excellence sometimes seems like the result of natural talent. But no matter how gifted you are—no matter how easily you climb up the learning curve—you do need to do that climbing. There are no shortcuts. Grit predicts accomplishing challenging goals of personal significance. For example, grittier students are more likely to graduate from high school, and grittier cadets are more likely to complete their training at West Point. Notably, in most research studies, grit and measures of talent and IQ are unrelated, suggesting that talent puts no limits on the capacity for passion and perseverance. I struggle too. I realize genetics is difficult. ■ I’ve thrown a ton of vocabulary at you in the last lesson ■ I realize many of you haven’t completed the reading guide (yet) ■ I realize that you might not feel ready to complete Punnett squares or the rest of the handout ■ I realize you’re probably freaking out about the test on Monday or Tuesday ■ But I want you to breathe, think about how you can employ grit, and tackle that worksheet/your homework.