In our assemblies we are continuing to learn about our amazing brains and this week learned about the benefits of making mistakes. We agreed that we all make mistakes every day but that some can be bigger and more upsetting than others. Sometimes we make mistakes when we are not concentrating such as putting our shoes on the wrong feet or our jumpers on back to front. Sometimes we make mistakes when we get into a muddle such as confusing b/d or writing our numbers the wrong way round.Sometimes we make mistakes that cause us to feel embarrassed, especially when those mistakes are made in front of a watchful audience.
We read a story called, ‘The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes’ by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein, in which the overriding message was that we should learn from our mistakes, let go, laugh and enjoy the ride! Fear of making mistakes can be overwhelming for some people and stop them from trying new things. We agreed the girl in the story seemed much happier when she did start making mistakes as she found out that life was much more fun!
I shared with the children two of my favourite sayings, one from Einstein, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” and one I once saw on a poster, ‘I have learned so much from my mistakes, I’m thinking of making a few more!’
Hopefully the children will also embrace their mistakes and begin to understand them as a really important part of their learning.