Perseverance is the ability to face challenges with grace, patience, and commitment. Any living thing will face instances in which one must persevere for survival. Animals must find ways to adapt to their habitats being destroyed; people must find ways to feed families in spite of the economy; and societies must find ways to join together in the event of a community crisis.
However, individuals, animals, and society as a whole can be shaped through adversity. Having a purpose in spite of these difficulties will aid in survival. Many tools, both tangible and intangible, can support these efforts to persevere.
Intangible examples could be thoughts, memories, or goals that provide strength to succeed. Tangible tools in the physical sense could be weapons, clothing, or even food to survive. The ability to face obstacles and challenges with strength is perseverance.
Rationale for Teaching
There is a need for teaching perseverance in the classroom. Having the strength and confidence in yourself to conquer an issue is a concept that can be applied in almost every situation. Discussing perseverance can teach learners to face their problems, not escape from them. It shows them ways to face and accept events that happen in their lives. Learners will relate to lessons involving perseverance as a tool to learn and grow from their own experiences. Connections with other disciplines such as social studies, science, and english can be made in regards to how leaders have persevered in the past and how our world is changing.
- Perseverance is about survival through challenges.
- Tangible and intangible tools that aid in survival.
- Living things and societies as a whole are shaped through adversity.
- How can human beings overcome challenges?
- What tangible and/or intangible tools do people need for survival?
- How can trying situations help to shape individuals and the community?