Recently we were looking at how mistakes can occur in the classroom and it is normal for them to occur. More often than not people fret when mistakes happen. However, we are human, mistakes can happen. It is how we deal with them that is important.
How we “hang on” in these crisis moments defines us as people. For example, the dreaded moment as a teacher when you’ve realised that those handouts you made for the class are sitting on a desk in the staffroom. Do you risk running back to fetch them or continue on? You have seconds to decide what to do. (However, hindsight is a wonderful thing when realise you could have sent a student to get the handouts.) You take action and plough on – however inside your hanging on for the whole lesson hoping everything will work out well. This, however, does not always work out as smoothly as you would wish. It is those moments feel like an eternity. You start to question will this class ever end? Both you and the students come out of the class restless and exhausted.
However, everybody deserves a second chance to pick themselves up as the quote goes: It’s not how many times you fall that matters, it’s how many times you get back up.
Links to other blogs which explored how mistakes in the classroom are normal. Even if you do not wish to read blogs (you should though!!!!!!!!!!!), look closely at the titles and you can see how failure and making mistakes are not to be viewed as negatives – they are a chance to learn and grow!
- Loving this blog on how failure can lead to success – great resource!
- Mistakes are a learning curve! Important to remember.
- Mistakes an Opportunity to learn.