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Bronxville Kids Learn 'Grit' Gets To Goals

Bronxville School teacher resident Samantha MacDonald teaches fourth-grade students about the importance of sticking with an idea and persevering through any challenge to achieve their long-term goals. Photo Credit: Contributed
Sullivan works individually with one of the students in her class in the lesson. Photo Credit: Contributed
Students work on their goals. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y.-- Two resident teachers at Bronxville School taught a fourth-grade lesson recently that shines a light on the importance of perseverance to achieve their goals.

Inspired by "What Do You Do With An Idea" by Kobi Yamadi, Jacqueline Sullivan and Samantha MacDonald encouraged them to learn to stick with an idea and persevere through challenges to reach a long-term goal.

The students had read the book and in the lesson plan learned about "grit," a trait they will need to passion and motivation to achieve a long-term goal" the students were encouraged to persevere in academics, athletics and other areas of their lives.

“My hope is that they become more confident in their abilities and are inspired to achieve any goal they set their minds to,” Sullivan said. 

Successful people like Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Walt Disney and Thomas Edison, she told students, had all endured obstacles in their lives but relied on grit to achieve their highest aspirations.

The teacher residents are graduate students. The residency program is through a partnership with Manhattanville College and LIU/Hudson.

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