Tuesday, April 29, 2014


One of the toughest things to convey to a child is that it is OK to fail. I am not certain that I have ever instilled in any of my students
that I really mean it when I say "do something! Even if it is wrong!" 

It is the student with the blank page that is the hardest to help. As a teacher, I don't have anything to go on. When a child does something incorrectly, then a teacher can see what they need to do to help. They can understand the child's thinking. 

Many of the students will learn to relax and try. Eventually one of the things that child learns is they understood more than they thought and after many rounds of success, confidence is born.

But for the students who insist on having a blank page, I am trying to constantly convey this message. I have several very corny, and some over the top things I tell them to try to get them to always take chances and let them know it is safe to fail.

So I was very excited when I found this clip on you tube and hoped that it might be something new and hip. Something, that I wouldn't have to dust off to reach the kids, or not too much anyway. 

Meet The Robinsons

 It is short and sweet. It was funny and engaging. Did it do the trick? Today? Maybe not. I read somewhere once a person had to hear something 30 times before it stuck with them. I think it is actually more than that. 
But I shall keep moving forward.