Day 77 (of 188) sometimes the best learning is “failing”
Today was deadline day for posters to be done to be entered into a contest (need to be mailed). Some great art was created – I was happy to put them into the entry-envelope.
I was prouder of the one that did not get entered:
One of my anxiety-students (we have many – at home & school!) left his entry at home.
I had a few options for him – but he wanted to try something different: to “let it go” and not be worried about completing it (as he usually/always is).
And on the flip side of anxiety – another student who has been eluding “work” in the stressful lead up to Christmas (don’t kid yourself – for many the hap-hap-happiest time of the year is anything but!) got an entry in. We both know it isn’t going to win and would likely be a “fail” based on age/grade appropriate work, but for him, just getting one done is a ‘win’.
And best of all, because we use eportfolios instead of quaint report cards, I could provide commentary & ‘show’ the differentiated successes of each (all) learners.