What Does GRIT Mean to You?


| 9/4/2015 11:29:00 AM


April ReneeIn a classroom full of brains, a professor wrote the word ‘GRIT’ on the white-board, “What is GRIT?” he continued as he turned to face several pair of eyes peering back at him. “What does it mean to you?”

You can imagine, with an open-ended question such as this, the answers that came forth were mixed in opinion and definition. Especially as our minds were gearing up for a math problem.

The thing is – the question didn’t have anything to do with GRIT! This was a statistics class after all … but it didn’t have anything to do with mathematics either. The professor was merely trying to get a reaction from the students. It was apparently that simple.

This got me to thinking though – why was a statistics professor concerned with the notion of GRIT? How was he about to incorporate this into a lesson that would hold any significance to the world of statistics? Not that I really knew anything about statistics anyway, but still … this was not what I was expecting on the first day of class.

No textbook had yet been assigned and there was no previous, dare I use the word, ‘mindset’ to describe the predisposed notion of what was to happen in the classroom on that first day.



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