Making a Success out of a Setback

How often have we said to ourselves: ‘This is too hard’, instead of: ‘This may take some time and effort’? In their assembly today, our Year 8 students were asked by Mrs Fraser, Deputy Headteacher, to consider: ‘Have you a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?’

With the next two challenging minutes set aside to either solve some simultaneous equations, complete a Times crossword or a Sudoku puzzle, play something by Ariana Grande on the ukulele, play anything by Ed Sheeran on the drums, or complete a Rubik’s cube, most students faced instant failure. And none of us like to fail, do we – to the point where we put off trying, and subsequently, learning new things?!

Taking a fresh look at the word FAIL – using the mnemonic ‘First Attempt In Learning’ instantly gives it a positive twist – students were given a range of strategies to help overcome any natural tendencies to give up at a first, failed, attempt. Instead of saying ‘I can’t do it!’ …. say to yourself: ‘I can’t do it YET!’

Mistakes make learning or, as Henry Ford once said: “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”

Thank you, Mrs Fraser, for helping us to think positively and to learn from our mistakes!