This is why risk-taking is on the list of skills in our progress reports. By taking risks intellectually, physically and in their social lives children have the opportunity to tackle something hard where failure is a possibility. Spending the night at Camp Chingachgook, even when they are nervous. Going back to the drawing board 15 times to get a robot to travel in a square. Offering an opposing opinion in a class discussion.
Because we push students to test their limits and offer "spotters" to catch them if they fall, we reinforce the "try, try again" mentality and build confidence and resilience. I love the little poem that a math teacher taught me years ago, "Mistakes are good, they help us grow, they teach us what we need to know."