Responsibility In School
Knowing and doing what is expected of me
To practice Responsibility I will:
- do my work to be best of my ability
- keep my commitments
- clarify expectations
- not make excuses
- correct my mistakes
An Engineer co-worker organized a Geek Week for employees’ children at our workplace. He said that one of the main things he wanted to stress was a safe place to fail. If you weren’t failing, you weren’t trying hard enough. We all fail sometimes, but the responsible part is learning from that and moving forward, not stopping. Students need the same safe environment to fail. If they have done something wrong, they need to know they can take Responsibility and own up to it. When learning something new or stepping out of their comfort zone, they need to know that it is safe to fail before moving forward. Taking Responsibility for your learning is a big step for students, and it happens in different grades for each student. It’s scary, but if we create that safe environment where they can question and try, we will build their ability to take Responsibility for more than just their learning.
How can you model failing forward?