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praise, prizes, trophies, and gifts, and
we attend ceremonies, banquets, and
parties that celebrate their successes.
Let's not forget to put forth the same
amount of effort to teach students
how to accept failure.
Students will experience setbacks,
disappointments, mistakes, mishaps,
miscalculations, defeat, losses, rejections, and trials and tribulations
throughout their lives. When we
let them fail, we help them become
grounded, well-rounded individuals.
And students who can accept failure
graciously can transfer those skills to
the classroom, sporting events, and
individual and team competitions.
Handling failure in a productive
manner is preparation for life.
The Fear of Failure

Adults can teach students how to overcome the fear of failure by example.
When we share our personal failures
with students in an appropriate context, they begin to understand the
complexities of life. This builds their
confidence, and they will be more
apt to explore their own more challenging and unfamiliar experiences.
If they fail on these adventures, they
can better pick themselves up, dust
themselves off, and move on. When
students can overcome their failures,
they succeed in life.
No one is immune to failure, and
that's why adults should let students
fail. When children are protected
from failure, they can't gain the necessary experiences they'll need to be
successful in life.
As students mature and move on
to college, career, and community,
they will need to know how to deal
with the setbacks, disappointments,
rejections, and defeats that come with
the territory. Whether it is a rejection
to a college application, a layoff from
a job, a breakup, or the loss of a loved
one, it can be a traumatic experience.
Students who learn how to appropriately accept failure early in life
are better prepared to handle
adversity later in life. When students
don't know how to deal with life's
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adversities, they may shy away from
challenges, be complacent, lack
motivation, stagnate, and remain
dependent on others. They may succumb to peer pressure. They may get
involved with drugs or crime. Worse,
their low self-worth may push them to
attempt suicide.
In order for students to succeed
in life, adults must let them fail and
teach them how to accept their failures appropriately. By doing so, they
can learn from them and be better
prepared if they are faced with the
same challenges again.
Whatever the mantra one chooses-
fail up, fail forward, or fail better-it
should be a rallying cry for future
success. Students must acquire the
fortitude, stamina, and resilience to
fail. In the end, students' failures will

Students who learn how
to appropriately accept
failure early in life are
better prepared to handle
adversity later in life.

be beneficial and lead to success if
they are willing to put forth hard
work, tenacity, and perseverance. Let
students fail and learn from their failures. When students overcome their
failures, they succeed in life.
Dezoray Moore is assistant principal of
Hawthorne Park Elementary School in
Willingboro, New Jersey.

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5 Things
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A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
Models of Voice and Choice
When Rural Gets Personal
Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
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The Language of Learning
Giving Back, Together
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Early Career
Raising the Bar
The Reflective Principal
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