Grit TedTalk by Angela Duckworth

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

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Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. 1) Are you not smart enough to solve it?  2) Or have you just not solved it yet?

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Revolution of Love

This video shows a young man stopping as he passes what looks to be a homeless man playing a harmonica before he heads down into the subway to play his guitar. The lyrics of the song are great to talk about by itself, but what the man does with the money and his final interaction with the homeless man is the best part of the clip.

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Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy, first started in 1996 in Toronto and introduced into U.S. schools in 2007, aims to build more peaceful and caring societies by increasing the level of empathy in children. The social and emotional learning program uses infants as springboards to talk about feelings and other subjects not often addressed in traditional classroom settings.

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Terry Fox Runs

ESPN tells the true story of Terry Fox, a young man from Canada who battled cancer and wanted to raise money for cancer awareness and research. Terry had his leg amputated during his battle and afterwards trained for 14 months on his artificial leg before embarking on an quest to run across Canada east to west. He planned on doing this by running a marathon a day! The story is both touching, heartbreaking, and definitely inspiring. (The extra special connection in this story is Terry’s age and what he was able to do, which connects with many students.)

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