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Years ago there was a man who was a writer.  He worked hard to make ends meet, he didn’t have much, and he lived in his car.  But this man believed in the stories he had to share.  He contacted publisher after publisher to see if they would publish his first children’s book.  Twenty-three publishers told him they weren’t interested and rejected his manuscript.  But the writer kept trying.  Finally, the twenty-fourth publisher he contacted accepted his book…and sold six million copies of And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, by Dr. Suess!

Dr. Suess succeeded because he had the Habitude of perseverance: the ability to sustain interest, effort, and commitment in any circumstance that life presents.  He persisted in his quest to get published even when it seemed like no one would ever tell him yes.

Perseverance is the cornerstone of any successful endeavor, but it develops over time and with practice.  The following reflections are helpful for getting a better sense of this Habitude and how it affects our lives and our learning.  Try using this list with students to help them realize how they persevere and to discover how perseverance is essential to learning.

– I am determined to understand…

– I showed persistence today when I…

– I believe persistence helps me to…

– The hardest thing about persistence is…

– When I get stuck on a problem, I try to solve it by…

– One new strategy I used to solve a problem today was…

– I have found the best way to stick with a challenge is…

– When I persevere, I feel…

What reflections would you add to get a sense of what perseverance looks like in your life and in the lives of your students?