Todays blog is about setting up kids for success, not every time but for the long haul. I think for some students I have taught If I could distill liquid courage and perseverance and have them drink a cup of it every day I would, and sometimes its not enough. Those little words of encouragement I find when no one else is listening, during reading or writing work well at giving kids a boost.
Boosting them only gets me so far though.
I have to remember to let them fail sometimes so that they can see that it is ok to take a chance and not hit your target. Earlier this summer I was fortunate enough to go to the OAME Math conference and listen to Mawi Asgedom. His talk was all about how to show kids that when we fail, we haven’t really failed we just increase our circle of understanding to a smaller level than we hoped. I keep using his ideas in my class. My students have started to realize that failure is not an option, not because they won’t fail but because their mindset is different.