Mr Schumm's Blog - Amarillo to Shepherd's Bush

So, the end to a rather wet Friday after a rather packed week. This week we enjoyed Coding Day, Health and Well Being Day and being in to top 3% of schools in England for our children’s progress in reading, writing and mathematics! Mr Faith’s newsletter will have filled you in on all the details of a very exciting Coding Day and Miss Mahon’s newsletter will be winging its way into your inbox next week.

On Thursday evening we enjoyed a really thoughtful talk on the importance of instilling a growth mindset in our children rather than a fixed mindset. The workshop explored the importance of teaching our children to try hard, how mistakes help our children to learn, how children can use setbacks as motivation and the importance of developing curiosity and courage in our children. As I sat there and listened it reminded me of Mr Gane’s assembly on failure and how important it is to allow our children to fail and learn from failure. During the workshop an inspirational quote from Michael Jordan, on the significance of failure, was shared ‘I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.’

Nobody likes to fail but ( time for a classic musical quote I think) ‘It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish’. We can all think of times when things have not gone our way, when we have lost a race, missed a goal, messed up an interview, lost that leading role etc. ( I will stop now because that last one was too close to home!) but to teach your children how to deal with disappointments helps them develop key characteristics they'll need to succeed, such as coping skills, emotional resilience, thinking creatively and the ability to work together.

Teaching our children how to cope with failure is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. My Dad would testify to that as a lifelong Middlesbrough supporter.

Have a lovely weekend. I shall be failing miserably with my childcare skills with teenage sons!



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