Course Description

Module 06: Resilience & Grit


Through learning and teaching grit and resilience, teachers will cultivate a classroom where students learn to persevere through difficulties and challenges. So even as life's up and downs occur, students will continue to flourish and grow from each experience.

Essential Question:

What is Resilience? What is Grit? Can they be cultivated and taught?

Knowledge and skills that you will develop in Module 6:

  • Understand the definition of resilience and grit
  • Understand the benefits of resilience and grit
  • Know the specific strategies that enable you to cultivate resilience and grit in your self
  • List specific steps to be “grittier” in the workplace
  • Understand that teaching Grit in the classroom does not have evidenced based strategies that have been tested nor attributed to increasing Grit in students
  • Apply ways that you can create an environment that cultivates resilience and grit in the classroom
  • Learn and Apply specific strategies that may increase Resilience and Grit

Módulo 06: Resiliencia/Resistencia y Voluntad


A través del aprendizaje y la enseñanza de la voluntad/perseverancia y la resiliencia o resistencia, los maestros cultivarán un aula donde los estudiantes aprendan a perseverar a través de las dificultades y desafíos. Por lo tanto, incluso con los subes y bajas de la vida, los estudiantes seguirán floreciendo y creciendo con cada experiencia.

Preguntas esenciales:

¿Qué es resiliencia o resistencia? ¿Que es fuerza de voluntad/perseverancia? ¿Pueden ser cultivadas y enseñadas?

Conocimientos que desarrollarás en el Módulo 06:

  • Comprender la definición de resiliencia/resistencia y de voluntad/ perseverancia.
  • Comprender los beneficios de resiliencia/resistencia y de voluntad/perseverancia.
  • Conocer las estrategias específicas para cultivar la resiliencia/resistencia y la voluntad/perseverancia.
  • Identificar los pasos específicos para ser mas perseverante en el lugar de trabajo.
  • Entender que la enseñanza de la voluntad/perseverancia en el aula no cuenta con estrategias basadas en la investigación que se hayan probado o se atribuyan al aumento de la voluntad/perseverancia en los estudiantes.
  • Crear un ambiente que cultive la resiliencia/resistencia y la voluntad/perseverancia en el aula.
  • Aprender y aplicar estrategias específicas que puedan aumentar la resiliencia/resistencia y la voluntad/perseverancia.

Senior Instructors

Dr. Mary E. Sanders & Eric B. Hamilton

Dr. Mary E. Sanders and Eric B. Hamilton have combined their strengths to develop a unique, research-based program for schools, teachers, and students to increase wellbeing and happiness. To create our curriculum, we have curated the findings of Dr. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., among other leading positive psychology experts, into practical strategies that can be integrated into teachers’ personal lives, as well as their classrooms, enabling teachers and students to thrive.ERIC B. HAMILTONEric B. Hamilton is a veteran director for international schools around the world. Eric has spent his entire career enabling schools to be happier, more compassionate environments where both students and teachers thrive. His extensive experience in curriculum development and school leadership have enabled him and Mary to develop their courses using the most contemporary and research-based pedagogical methods.Eric has over 25 years experience in education as a teacher and leader. He attended the University of Delaware where he earned his B.S. in elementary education and middle school math. Later, he completed the master’s program at the University of Colorado in curriculum and instruction. He has been a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for the past 10 years.MARY E. SANDERSDr. Mary E. Sanders has been involved in the world of positive psychology, health, and wellness for more than 20 years. With certifications from the Wholebeing Institute in Positive Psychology and as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner, she is highly qualified to lead teachers towards happier, more holistic classrooms.Dr. Sanders attended Eastern Illinois University and earned her B.S. in zoology and chemistry. She then attended Logan College of Chiropractic to earn her doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Sanders is a certified yoga Instructor and has been a mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practitioner of over 25 years.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Module 06: Resilience and Grit / Bienvenidos al Módulo 06: Resiliencia/ Resistencia y Voluntad

  • 2

    Week 1: Science and Benefits of Resilience and Grit / Semana 1: Ciencia y Beneficios de Resiliencia/ Resistencia y Voluntad

    • Introduction to the Science and Benefits of Resilience and Grit/ Introducción a Ciencia y Beneficios de Resiliencia/Resiliencia y Voluntad

    • Defining Resilience / Definiendo Resiliencia/Resistencia

    • The Neurobiology and Physiology of Resilience / La Neurobiología y Psicología de Resiliencia/Resistencia

    • InBrief: The Science of Resilience / La Ciencia de la Resiliencia/Resistencia de forma Breve

    • Discussion: Who helped you to develop resilience? / Discusión: ¿Quién te ayudó a desarrollar la resiliencia/resistencia?

    • Dr. Angela Duckworth: Grit and Perseverance in Developmental Psychology / Dra. Angela Duckworth: Voluntad y Perseverancia en la Psicología del Desarrollo

    • Article: Grit with Dr. Angela Duckworth / Artículo: Voluntad/Perseverancia con la Dra. Angela Duckworth

    • Quiz Week 1 / Quiz Semana 1

  • 3

    Week 2: Personal Transformation / Semana 2: Transformación Personal

    • Introduction to Resilience and Grit for Personal Transformation / Introducción a Resiliencia/Resistencia y Voluntad para la Transformación Personal

    • Can Mindfulness Increase Our Resilience to Stress? / ¿La consciencia plena puede incrementar nuestra resiliencia/resistencia al estrés?

    • Instructions: How to be 'Gritty' in the Workplace / Instrucciones: Cómo ser más perseverante en el trabajo

    • Video: How to be Gritty in the Workplace / Cómo ser más perseverante en el trabajo

    • Article: Resilience in Positive Psychology: Bouncing Back & Going Strong / Artículo: Resiliencia en la Psicología Positiva

    • Quiz Week 2 / Quiz Semana 2

  • 4

    Week 3: Resilience and Grit in Education / Semana 3: Resiliencia/Resistencia y Voluntad en Educación

    • Introduction to Resilience and Grit in Education / Introducción a Resilienca y Voluntad en Educación

    • Dr. Angela Duckworth - Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance / Semana 3: Voluntad: El Poder de la Pasión y la Perseverancia, Angela Duckworth

    • Dr. Angela Duckworth: Can Grit be Taught in the Classroom? / ¿La voluntad puede ser enseñada en el Aula? Entrevista a Angela Duckworth

    • Article: Don’t Believe the Hype About Grit, Pleads the Scientist Behind the Concept/ Artículo: No creas la publicidad sobre Grit, dice el científico detrás del concepto

    • Discussion: What other strategies have you used to make your students grittier? / Discusión: ¿Qué otra estrategia has utilizado para hacer que tus estudiantes sean más perseverantes?

    • Quiz Week 3 / Quiz Semana 3

  • 5

    Submit your Lesson Plan and Evidences (due week 4) / Envía tu Plan de Clase y Evidencias (para semana 4)

    • Aviva Lesson Plan Description / Descripción del Plan de Clase Aviva

    • Download the Aviva Lessons Template here! / ¡Descarga el Formato de Plan de Clase de Aviva Aquí!

    • Upload your projects here! /Sube tu Plan de Clase Aquí

  • 6

    Week 4: Resilience and Grit in the Classroom / Semana 4: Resiliencia/ Resistencia y Voluntad en el Aula

    • Introduction to Resilience and Grit in the Classroom / Introducción a Resiliencia/Resistencia y Voluntad en el Aula

    • Grit Curriculum Lesson: The Perseverance Walk / Voluntad en el Currículo: El Camino a la Perseverancia

    • Grit Curriculum Lesson: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals / Lección Curricular de Voluntad: Estableciendo Metas S.M.A.R.T. (Inteligentes)

    • Introduction to Learning from Mistakes / Introducción: Aprender de tus Errores

    • Instructions: Learning from Mistakes / Aprendiendo de los Errores

    • Learning from Mistakes / Aprendiendo de los Errores

    • Article: Three Pillars for Supporting Resilience / Artículo: Los Tres Pilares para Apoyar la Resiliencia/Resistencia

    • Closing Remarks/ Conclusiones de Cierre

    • Quiz Week 4 / Quiz Semana 4

  • 7

    Rate and Review the Course / Evalúa el Curso

    • Rate and Review M06 / Evalúa el M06

  • 8

    References and Research Articles / Referencias y Artículos de Investigación

    • References and Research Articles used in M06 / Referencias y Artículos utilizados en el M06