What is Success?

KP-Leader-opt-2As I sat in a training today for TenMarks, an online math program, one thing really resonated with me. As the trainer was explaining the different capabilities of the program she made a point to express the importance of teaching students how to help themselves as learners. Many of the problems students will encounter on TenMarks will be challenging. Because of this, the trainer recommended celebrating the struggle. Having the teacher constantly model their struggle and how they work through it by utilizing hints, video tutorials, manipulatives , their math journal, partner buddies, and the teacher. Through modeling how to work through learning struggles and celebrating students as they use these strategies we will be teaching kids to enjoy the challenge of learning. Our kids should be able to define success by their grit when faced with a difficult problem instead of the ease at which they solve simple problems.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all. Dale Carnegie

The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed. Michelangelo

Don’t judge. Teach. It’s a learning process. Carol S. Dweck


4 thoughts on “What is Success?

  1. So true. Here’s a quote I’ve always liked “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.” John Dewey


  2. I liked that part of the presentation, too. I think so many kids would benefit from this, especially in math when they feel it’s just ‘hard’ and ‘they don’t get it.’

    I hope this message comes through in the teacher training, too.


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