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??

 

YES!

 

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.

I failed to have breakfast and lunches ready for the week. Results? I had to eat a hodge podge of leftover and random foods. What am I doing to make next week better? I have steel cut oatmeal on the stove right now as I type. I am prepping a big batch for the whole week. I also have two cookie sheets of broccoli roasting in the oven. Being prepared isn't half the game. It IS the game. 

I failed to have breakfast and lunches ready for the week. Results? I had to eat a hodge podge of leftover and random foods. What am I doing to make next week better? I have steel cut oatmeal on the stove right now as I type. I am prepping a big batch for the whole week. I also have two cookie sheets of broccoli roasting in the oven. Being prepared isn't half the game. It IS the game. 

 

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.)

We failed big time when it came to training for this marathon. We skipped a million weekend long runs because it was too hot out, we were hungover, we didn't have enough time, we just didn't want to run, excuse, excuse, etc, etc. We never ran more than 18 miles in our training.  Results?  In the actual marathon, my leg was in major pain from mile 18- mile 26 because my body was so confused on wtf I was doing. How am I  learning from this for my next marathon? DO NOT SKIP MY LONG RUNS EVER. 

We failed big time when it came to training for this marathon. We skipped a million weekend long runs because it was too hot out, we were hungover, we didn't have enough time, we just didn't want to run, excuse, excuse, etc, etc. We never ran more than 18 miles in our training. Results? In the actual marathon, my leg was in major pain from mile 18- mile 26 because my body was so confused on wtf I was doing. How am I  learning from this for my next marathon? DO NOT SKIP MY LONG RUNS EVER. 

 

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. 

 

Weekly Goal Chart

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 jaclyn.ricchio@gmail.com. 

 

SUCCESS, PERSISTENCE, DETERMINATION, FAILURE, GRIT. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE ARE BUILT WITH.

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