In the book ‘Reinventing Yourself’ the author Steve Chandler talks about the importance of problems in your life. He says solutions are a good thing, but you can’t get a solution without a problem. He also reminds us that most games are really problems, but they are considered fun instead of work. Perhaps this is … Continue reading Problems are Opportunities
As mentioned, fear of failure causes many people to never get started at all. The key seems to be to push aside your fear by taking action right away. Everyone, including professional athletes, struggle with this, always having doubts about what they can do. Oddly, it seems that small children are much better than older … Continue reading You can’t finish without starting
I was recently watching a TEDx talk called, “Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching” and I recommend you watch it for yourself. The speaker at one point said, “Not knowing is the first step toward understanding”. I immediately wrote that down on paper as it struck me as important for students to know. Not knowing … Continue reading Know what you don’t know
In my experience, students often get discouraged quickly when they make mistakes or get a low mark. Most learning happens when you make a mistake and use it as an opportunity to improve. Never let a mistake hold you back, since it should instead propel you forward. When you get an assignment or test back, … Continue reading Focus on Improving
I had a student a few years ago that was used to doing everything perfectly. For the first few months in the class, she never made a single mistake. Then, on one test, she made her first mistake and lost one mark. She had a difficult time accepting that she was not perfect on this … Continue reading Good news: you’re not perfect!
When you were a toddler, you learned to walk. First, you started by pulling yourself up, holding onto furniture perhaps. You probably fell down more than a few times. You never gave up, you just kept getting back up and trying again, until you were able to walk on your own. You were willing to … Continue reading Most learning is trial and error
It has been said that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Perhaps you are meant to listen twice as often as you speak? In my opinion, you learn a lot more when you listen to others than when you talk, provided you are ready to receive the knowledge. That is, you … Continue reading Less talk, more listen
Whenever you are faced with a new challenge, you are very likely going to make mistakes. Each mistake should just be a sign that you need to change your approach a little. Never worry for a second that you have made an error, but instead, begin immediately to learn from it. In this way, you … Continue reading Mistakes Are Beautiful