Gritty people have a deep underlying belief that with effort, practice, and the willingness to learn, they can always improve (McQuaid, 2019). They focus on controlling what they can; instead of simply setting performance goals for the outcomes they want, they prioritize learning goals that highlight the knowledge and skills they need to build to have the best chance of producing their desired results (Oppong, 2020). This boosts their confidence to take on new challenges, to learn from criticism and feedback, and to see failure as a teachable moment. Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University describes this as a growth mindset (Dweck, 2017).
Studies have found that a growth mindset makes it easier to set yourself stretch goals, to ask for help as you go, and to feel motivated to achieve the things that matter to you most (Dweck, 2017; Duckworth, 2017). It sparks hope by helping you feel like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain if you step outside your comfort zone. It appears to help you move beyond your present limitations and achieve your true potential. As Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
One strategy to boost our personal sense of accomplishment is to celebrate our achievements and those achievements of others (Quaid & Kern, 2019).
This week at QAHS we celebrate the accomplishments of our students via the Honours Board. At our whole school assembly we acknowledge students who have achieved academic excellence across their subject areas.
To qualify for the QAHS Honours Board in each semester, students in Year 10 require a minimum 5 A grades and no less than C in their six subject areas. Students in Year 11 and 12 require a minimum IB progressive score of 34 in their HL and SL subjects including TOK. Additionally, students must achieve nothing less than a 3 in HL subjects, nothing less than a 4 in SL subjects and nothing less than a C in TOK (TOK contributes 1 point for a C grade, 2 points for a B grade and 3 points for a C grade).
We congratulate the many students who appear on the QAHS Honours Board for Semester 1 2020 for their outstanding achievements.
Mrs Alita Lee