Making Learning Visible for Parents
The Perspective from Here

First Attempt In Learning

Whether it is navigating our child's first step, first word, or our first-time driving, there are quite a few attempts before mastery. This is important to keep in mind not only for ourselves but for those around us as well. Failure often carries a negative view, but if we look at the root word fail and view it from a lens of First Attempt In Learning, it can bring a whole new perspective.

Human beings are constant learners, our brain is forever pruning out unnecessary information and building new pathways of learning. Some of us may be more intentional lifelong learners, always taking courses, reading, trying new things. While others may be learning in more subtle ways. No matter the type of learner you are, don't let the fear of failure prevent you from trying something new.

We can be quick to look at someone's failure and scoff at them, or ridicule. But, honestly, in most cases we should celebrate that they tried. Why you ask? In every attempt there is the opportunity to learn, to break down the process into manageable steps, to try again. Even if you or your child does poorly on a test, rather than focus on the mark, reflect on changes that you could make in your study habits, ask for extra help, look at different techniques for studying, and don't dwell on the mark.

Our children are constantly trying and failing as they make gains in their development. Let's celebrate their attempts and learn from them. Ready to take a risk and try something new?!

That's the perspective from here.

Stay well,
Pam Rennie, BA, BEd, RECE
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