Growth Mindset and making mistakes! In my house we have a lot of talks about using a growth mindset when it comes to making mistakes because I have a little perfectionist in my home that is terrified of making them. Sometimes the fear of failure stops him completely from even trying. We are slowly getting better.
Now I make it a point to show him the little mistakes and some of the big ones people in our family make (when appropriate) so he doesn’t feel alone. I ensure him all the time that no one is perfect in this world and that from the youngest of us to the oldest of us mistakes are a part of life.
We can do the same thing with our students. If we teach them that they can’t hide from mistakes, that they can’t avoid them all the time. That mistakes sometimes just happen. Mistakes are proof that you are trying. We can empower them when we teach them that as long as they are trying and giving it their all if they make a mistake along the way to acknowledge it and move on.
We can laugh at ourselves and then try it again a different way. Learn from it and then celebrate when you do it again and do it without those mistakes. When we let them know that making mistakes isn’t the end of the world the will be more free to try.
The book I have chosen to share today is an awesome one and I am including a QR Code in the download for your listening center.
This book is about a girl name Beatrice who is 9 years old. She has NEVER, not even once made a mistake! Beatrice is a star, she has never forgotten to bring her homework in. This girl never wears mismatched socks. Also she wins the talent show at school EVERY year. She is a record holder in her town, therefor the people call her “The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes”. They don’t even call her by her name!
Alas one day she does something out of the ordinary. She makes a mistake and she makes it in a HUGE way. As you read the story you will find out that not only does Beatrice not make mistakes but she is secretly scared she might make one. She is a perfectionist and one day after almost making a mistake it affects her entire afternoon.
So when she makes her very first mistake ever she has a choice to make. She can run away, cry or scream or she can……..laugh at herself.
Another great thing about this story is that it teaches students it is okay to mess up! When you do and everyone does, then you can choose to laugh about it and learn from it. They don’t have be like Beatrice and be fearful of making a mistake. They can let it go and try new things with holding on to the fear that might be stopping you.
Every now and again when my son gets to worrying too much we bring this book out again!. We will say the quote together “Mistakes are proof that you are trying.”
I hope you enjoy both the poster and the story this week. Remember you are so important to your students and when you show them by example that it is okay to laugh at silly mistakes you show them it is okay to be human. You might be the only one who lets them make mistakes!
Click on the image below to download your full color poster freebie on Making Mistakes! You can scan the QR code included this week or click on it to hear the story read aloud!