At my new school, there is a HUGE emphasis on making mistakes and learning from them. My co-teacher has a sign in the classroom that says, "Mistakes are proof that you are trying." The director of the school just sent an email saying he's made some mistakes this year but is learning from them to make next year even better. (The school is in its first year.) Every Monday, the whole third grade team starts the day singing, "Success, persistence, determination, failure, grit. These are the things that we are built with."
Gasp. We are built with failure? Whhhat??
When we fail, we learn. We learn what what didn't work. We have the chance to make things better for the next time. Whether the next time is the next test, the next period, the next day, the next week or year, we can learn and improve. Whether it is our behavior, our actions, our preparation, whatever. When you take the time to reflect and set achievable goals, success will be in the near future. Failure is a learning opportunity if you make it one.
The past two weeks have been a roller coaster as my students and I have gotten to know each other. Plenty of ups, and plenty of downs, but luckily we ended the week on a high note. It was actually our best day yet. I've been reflecting on what I can do better as a teacher to help them these last few months of school. I don't have a lot of time, but I need to make my students feel loved while also preparing them for the upcoming state tests. (YUCK.)
I am giving this goal sheet a try for ME and for them. I am filling one out for my personal health goals, one for my coaching business, and one for my professional teaching goals. I am going to give it to my students on Monday and help them set 1 achievable goal whether it is behavior or academics. We will take 3 minutes at the end of each day to reflect on what we did to work on our goals. And on Friday, we will talk about what worked, what didn't, and what we can do for the following Monday. I've never done this before, but I am hopeful it will help them and me.
If it bombs, I will take a look at what I can do better for the following week.
Failure is a learning opportunity.
Click the link below to download your own goal chart. Pretend you're in third grade, and give yourself a sticker or stamp every day you do something to help you get to your goal.
Need some help working on your goal? Did you use this goal sheet? I'd love to hear how it went and what improvements you think I should make for a grown-up version. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.