“If you’re not making a mistake, then you’re not doing anything.” “In every mistake there is a potential for growth.” And here’s another great one: “It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us.”
Mistakes are made. You’ll make a few, and so will your colleagues. Your students will definitely make mistakes. What about your administrator? He or she will make a few too. And you know what? Life will go on. I have three personal thoughts about mistakes:
- Number one, own it. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, by golly own that sucker!
- Two, learn from your mistakes. Heck, why do you think I’m so smart? (I’m unabashedly kidding here, folks—about me being smart. Though I do have several mistake-related wisdoms tucked away!)
- And three, don’t beat yourself up. Think of it this way—that mistake has made you a wee bit smarter!
Now about those bees in my britches. Yes, I’m being literal here. My mistake? I wasn’t being aware of my surroundings, and I stepped into (on) a yellow jackets’ nest while mowing my grass. Those bees were very angry with me and literally flew up my pants and stung me to smithereens. What did I learn? Watch where you step—always.
Best regards for a fantastic school year!
PS: What have you learned from a recent mistake? Please share!