Tuesday Teacher Tips: Failure Is Just a Learning Experience

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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Failure is Just a Learning Experience!
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
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Perseverance....there is no greater example of perseverance than a child learning to walk. The first time they fall, the second time they fall, the 1,256th time they fall, they get right back up and try again. Why? Because they don't know the definition of failure. No one has said, "Little baby, you have failed seven hundred times, give up." Nope, all the adults clap and cheer and take pictures and every FAILURE is a learning experience. Every time they fall over, the adults coo and goo and ahhhh and the adorable baby tries again.
However, somewhere around middle school and all that wonderful peer pressure we learn that failure is bad, failure is something that people will laugh at, so we stop trying as hard. We stop trying if people will notice us. 
But we shouldn't! There is no such thing as failure, it is just a learning opportunity to get back up and try again. 

Do I mean crash your car into the garage door over and over and over again? No, I mean use that first mistake, that first accident, to LEARN to open the garage door and check your mirror before you back out of the garage each time.
This is an important lesson to practice daily with your students and to model and discuss. If you have a morning message time, it is a perfect time to talk about how you handle life's little mistakes. 
  • Taking the trash out and the bag broke. 
  • Dropping your favorite glass in the kitchen.
  • Cooking a cake too long in the oven.
By modeling how you learned to handle small failures, even pretend ones you make up for your carpet time, your morning message time, you are giving students coping skills. I would love it if you would share some ideas that you have for helping students overcome failure in the comments.

Today's ♥Freebie♥ is an 8 X 10 picture for you to frame in your classroom or office. Get a $1 frame at the Dollar Tree or Target and you're good to go! :)
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas on Tuesday Teacher Tips: Failure Is Just a Learning Experience Freebie.
 For more ideas, click on the picture below to go to my Classroom Ideas Pinterest Board.
I would ♥love it if you would like to follow it too!
 Michelle has some great tips about her experiences with overcoming failure that she would like to share with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
Teach123's Tuesday Teacher Tip
In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!


  1. This is such a great message that students need to hear. Love the sign, too! Thank you!

  2. I have a small easel at the front of our entrance door at our Kindergarten to Gr. 4 door. Each morning I have a 'saying' on that board for the staff, students and parents to read. Know that your generous printable will be gracing of the halls of a school in Alberta, Canada this week!

    1. Sherry, you made my day. Thank you so much for telling me this!


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