I recently fell in love with the book Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. The story of Rosie is so inspiring and uplifting, it delivers a strong message; if at first you don’t succeed, try again.
I’m proud to admit, I’ve been no stranger to failure. Some of my biggest lessons learned have come from failed attempts. Whether it be trying a new recipe, teaching a complex lesson, or putting together a bookcase from Ikea! These all things which I have failed! However, they are also things which I have succeeded at. I have been blessed enough to know from an early age that if I don’t succeed on my first attempt, I have to try again.
In the book, it took Rosie a while before she learned this valuable lesson. She even missed out on creating something amazing. I thought of the students in my classroom and wondered how can I teach them to become resilient to failure? Is it through perseverance? If it is, how do you teach perseverance?
At the end of the day I want all of my students to become successful, but I also want them to see failure as the first steps to success. I hope I will find the answers to these questions because resilience and perseverance are important skills in order to be lifelong learners.