ROAR through Failure- Teach students to learn from failure. Success after Failure Project Failure, mistakes, ROAR, learning project


Recognizing that failure is normal and is part of the learning process is so important to teach children at a young age. So many kids are used to being reprimanded for failing and fear getting into trouble. They shut down or procrastinate from the start, or don’t follow through with the task at hand, often leading to avoidance or blame. Kids need to know what it feels like to fail. They need to learn how to cope with the uncomfortable emotions that failure brings. Getting comfortable with these uncomfortable feelings helps to persevere through them.


Owning our mistakes, as children and adults, is also so important. Taking responsibility for our actions and words is key in this process. I know as teachers and parents we want to take away the sting of a mistake, but in the long run that doesn’t help our children in the real world. Owning brings forth accountability and change.


Accepting our mistakes and failures helps us to move forward. Dwelling on mistakes from the past, questioning and self-doubting distracts us from the present moment. Focusing on and accepting failure at the present moment, not seeing it as an obstacle, but more like a challenge in an obstacle course, allows us to think clearly using our wits and skills to problem solve through it. Acceptance instills a mindset of not surrendering to failure, but learning from it and moving forward in a positive way.


Reflecting is a necessary practice to do with young children daily and needs a lot of modeling and guidance. What caused the mistake and how could I reflect, fix it and move on? How could I grow from this? What did I learn? What could or would I do differently next time? Students must learn how to reflect and to recover from their mistakes so they can move forward.