Day 43 (of 184) the thrill of victory
Never underestimate the power of the taste of victory.
Tonight I helped coach a football team with players who had not won in neatly 4 years ended their grade 12 season with a very solid finale. To see success building up and finally burst through is very powerful – seeing the weeks of planning come together and plays drawn up and practiced again and again finally’work’ can be magical!
For our month-in-review a teacher this afternoon, advocated very strongly (one of my mama bears as I refer to my learning community) for a student who ‘had never been celebrated’ have his moment where he successfully taught a younger student how to create a ‘witches broom’ from a ‘cats cradle’. I was able to watch the boy as his ‘piece’ was on the big screen was fantastic. You could see the pride on his face as he pointed at the screen.
But the culture/mindset of failure can be a powerful force. Self doubt is tough, but a room full of kids who have never felt success is infinitely worse. I was proud to be part of a coaching staff that ‘broke the losing streak’ and ‘showed a student leading for the first time’. But more importantly I want to continue to build a culture of ‘yes we can’ (and now we figure out ‘how’ together) and that ‘failure’ is just seen as a small part of the path that leads to every student experiencing ‘success’ as often as possible!