3GStrong wants to give appropriate credit to those who have done breakthrough research on the 3Gs; GRIT, GROWTH-MINDSET and GRACE. Much research and fantastic information to further your knowledge and impact your teaching can be found on the following sites:

Carol Dweck, PhD is one of the most well-known researchers in studying motivation and success.  She is a professor who has taught at Harvard and Columbia. She is currently a professor at Stanford.  Her book, Mindset, changed the way educators look at learners and how learners can or should look at learning. She identified two mindsets, fixed mindset and growth mindset. Dweck believes in empowering children by teaching them that they can change their mindset by changing their attitude from set on “not good at” something to “not good at something YET”.

Angela Duckworth, psychologist and author of Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance  has found through research that a combination of passion and perseverance is something all high achievers have. She says that sticking to it, grit, is more important than IQ or luck. It’s all about how you handle failure and trying again.

CASEL – Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning is a great source for evidence- based social and emotional learning.  They identify 5 Core Competencies for teaching social emotional skills. These skills are defined as:

Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.

Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.