Persevere for Learning Power!

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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?

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  • Leslie Cazeaux

    Habitude of Perseverance. Such strong words, and very inspiring considering the context. If more educators (and people in general) practiced this, we wouldn’t have much to worry about, would we? I think perseverance goes hand in hand with self esteem and belief in one’s life and path. So many times we give up because the challenges seem to be overwhelming. Students, no matter the age, all have something they are dealing with: peer pressure, abuse, stress over grades, winning the big game, boyfriend/girlfriend dynamics and many other things impact these children. Instilling perseverance no matter what challenges you may face will help these students to overcome and achieve things they thought were impossible.

    Leslie

  • Jasmine Boykin

    Hi, great post! Perseverance is key in learning. As a student, it helped me throughout school to become a better learner and to succeed. As a teacher, it is important to ensure that students understand how to persevere and how it can greatly affect their lives. Thank you for sharing!

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