Exam success is key in keeping our little people motivated towards becoming hard working students. When a child battles with a learning disability like ADHD, it can often be that much harder to help your child realise their own potential.
Angela Duckworth – Grit, the power of passion and perseverance
I recently watched a video of a teacher-turned-psychologist named Angela Duckworth. She was fascinated with who would be successful in a classroom filled with students and why.
Angela’s research shows that intelligence or talent aren’t the main factors when it comes to success. But rather a concept she refers to as GRIT, “the power of passion and perseverance“.
The implication of grit, as mentioned in the below TED Talk really inspired me. Grit implies that the ability to learn isn’t fixed, but it is something that can change with effort. Failure isn’t a permanent condition.
Of course, we know this but when explained from a different perspective and in a way that makes sense to our child, it becomes inspiring!
Eddie The Eagle – Film
Eddie was a little boy who believed he would compete in the Olympics. He was relentless in pursuit of what he wanted. From a young age, age 10, he practised various sports in hope that he will be successful in order to reach his goal of competing in the Olympics. He failed at every sport he attempted. During his teen years, he discovered skiing and although he was successful in the sport, the British Olympic officials denied him the opportunity to join the British team.
Has anyone seen Eddie the Eagle? It left me beyond inspired. #NowWatching
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Long story short. Eddie saw a loop hole that would allow him to compete as a ski jumper. In 1988, he became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping since 1929. He didn’t walk away with a medal, but he achieved his goal to attending and participating in the Olympic. Success against all odds.
It is a feel good film, but more than that, it is a film that reminded me, nothing worth fighting for is ever easy!
Exam Succes in Reality
The psychology behind success and pure passion and perseverance are all great and well. But does that translate in my life and in the lives of my boys?
Last term, Logan wrote his very first exams. We worked really hard and I felt it towards the end of the exam season. I wrote a post about our exam preparation and even though I knew we were prepared for the exams, I was secretly sitting, holding thumbs and praying our hard work would translate in an outstanding report card.
I am thrilled to say, is paid off! Logan achieve exam success like he has never experienced it in his life! He brought home a report card, with 4 distinctions, two B’s and one C. I am beyond pleased with his success and I don’t think he has any idea how proud I am of him.
Stepping Stones to Greater Success
One of the areas I identified as an area where we could do better, was math. He got the C for math, which, let’s be honest isn’t bad, however, we need to lift the C in order for Logan to realise he own abilities.
In the past two weeks, I needed to beg and plead with Logan to attempt a single math equation. He knows he battles with long division, but the thought of doing one or two sums is daunting.
I started the battle head on. When we did a couple of sums together, and he caught on a little. He then tried one or two by himself and it was correct. Later the same day, he wanted something from me. Something he was prepared to work for.
In the end, I swopped a packet of slap-chips for 5 mathematical equations. And best of all, he managed to do them correctly!
Related: Executive Functions + ADHD
Sidenote: Exams only count half of their final score. Logan really pulled his weight in the classroom. Let’s trust the feeling of success will remind him that hard work and perseverance feels good at the end!
What is your strategy to help your kids achieve success scholastically?
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