‘Tis better to try and fail than to never try at all.
Thus continues the ukelele wisdom I am collecting. Our students (our children) need to learn, to know, to feel that they can try anything in our classrooms/our homes. They need to know that they are safe to try new things, safe from embarrassment. Always. The more comfortable you can make your students (your children) in your environment, the more they will try. And the more they fail, the smarter they will become. The best learning comes from our failures.
Thought about using that latest technique you read about in your education journal? Considering trying out the idea from that parenting book you are reading? The worst that can happen is that it doesn’t work. Or it doesn’t work well and you need to tweak it. Hopefully when you do, you will be in an environment that is encouraging, forgiving, and ultimately success producing!