When it is said that students need more "grit," what exactly are educators referring to? This has become a common educational buzzword in recent times, often referring to a student's mindset and consequent success at learning.
The term was first coined in the research of Angela Lee Duckworth, who defines grit in her TED talk as "passion and persistence for very long-term goals." Those with grit seem to do better in school, because they are driven by a growth mindset and motivated to succeed. Students recognize that they may fail or do poorly on a certain topic, but with grit they learn that education is more about the process of improvement and mastery, rather than the final outcomes.