GIMME SOME GRIT: It’s not just about students, anymore--especially when it comes to retention of novice teachers. UPenn prof. Angela Lee Duckworth is famous for her theory of “grit”--the belief that passion and perseverance contribute to student success. Now, she’s back at it again, arguing that teachers need grit as well. Sensical? If you’re a teacher or work with teachers, you know how challenging it can be--and how much a little grit would help. Blogger Annie Murphy Paul sums up the paper here; it gets a bit long and academic (though a little bit o’ grit will help you get through it).