“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
One drop, then another
We can become an ocean
Third drop here --
How tough is it for us when we learn new things? What keeps us on a course of learning, be it a new sport, a new computer application, a new recipe when cooking? From Jay McTighe
Do his words resonate with you?
And if it's tough for us, what about our students? How can we make a difference? How can we help them?
What if we were exemplary in modeling persistence and enabling that for our students?
What if we--
Talk about yourself as a learner. Share your own failures and what you learn from them. Admit what you don’t know. Find out together. WhatEdSaid (her entire post on resilience is so full of goodness; thanks to her for the McTighe video and the inspiration for this post)
What if we push them a little bit farther?
This is one of the trickiest but most essential ways to work out children’s persistence muscles. It’s tempting for older kids who do something well to stay in their comfort zone and never venture beyond that point. Push them to try just a little bit harder next time. greatschools.orgWhat else can we do to encourage persistence?
Another drop to improve education-- model and enable persistence
If we each adopt this one drop, imagine the ocean--