Inspired by a very good article I saw at MindShift, How Important is Grit in Student Achievement?, I offer this reminder.
Having grit isn't the same as "going it alone."
Students (and adults for that matter) are much more likely to "stick it out" if they are being supported by an group. Everyone benefits from knowing help is available and easy to get.
This is arguably one of the most important roles of a teacher - being a "help broker" for students.
The art of executing that role is balancing your desire to help with your need to support independence.
Students with more grit are, generally, more successful. However, it is rare that such success resulted from working alone.