WHY TEACH KIDS ABOUT MAKING MISTAKES?
Download our free What to Do When You Make a Mistake poster! Perfect for teaching kids about building a growth mindset, developing resilience, and making repairs.
Research tells us that building a growth mindset is the surest path to developing the kind of positive self-talk which is foundational for self-efficacy. In addition to a strong internal locus of control. Having a growth mindset is like having a compass which points to the “next step” when invariable missteps happen. So instead of giving up, learning how to deal with mistakes inspires us to get up, get creative, get to Plan-B (or C or D :), get moving, and get growing!
Some of the suggestions and tips for what to do when you make a mistake are:
- Learn from it.
- Make amends if you hurt someone else.
- Forgive yourself.
- Take responsibility for what you did.
- Breathe, regroup, and try again.
- Keep things in perspective.
Hang our tips for what to do when you make a mistake infographic in your counseling office, classroom, or even at home.
School counselors and teachers also find our Learning From Mistakes Behavior Reflection Think Sheets and Growth Mindset Card Game helpful resources, too!