Angela Duckworth (1), an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, studied (among others) the performance of West Point cadets during basic training. She discovered that the most powerful predictor of success -- acceptance into the academy -- was grit. Duckworth calls grit "the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals."
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Simple idea. Wait for at least five seconds for the room to become completely silent, then give your instructions. If you try to talk over people, you only perpetuate more talking because individuals miss what you said originally and then end up asking their neighbor for the information.
From blogger Mike Sheehan: Tween Tribune posts age appropriate news stories found on the internet for students grades K-12. The stories are sorted by age group and there is spanish section as well. At the end of each story, students can respond by leaving comments or take a quiz.