And it's messaging that both parents, and teachers, really should consistently get behind. When a child is learning to walk, (we all know this example right?) we don't tell them - there is no falling down, you just get up and walk. Why would we tell them that learning other skills involves success right out of the gate?
In fact it's been shown that when both parents, and teachers, are part of the conversation of feeling safe to make a mistake, and to rebound, we have learning. But your words have to be backed up with your actions, there needs to be a safe environment to do the learning, and to make mistakes. In fact when kids feel like they can't make a mistake or that they will be shamed if they do, they will very often stop trying. And if the child already has a leaning toward perfectionism, that's an even faster route to not trying at all.
We have to encourage kids to not hide behind, "I can't do that, or I can't do that perfectly, so I am not going to try out, try, participate, sign up, go".
Science can be a great way to bridge that conversation in classrooms, what do you think is going to happen? Learning about how to question, how to think of many options, and using sentences when it doesn't work out like - “That was a good try, but let’s go back and see what you can do differently.”
When we are encouraging our students, to really try, fall down, fail, try again and build on the learning of the mistake they are able to "walk" forward with a solid foundation.
Safe and happy travels!
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