Mistakes and Repair

Mistakes and Repair

Teaching boundary setting and repair conversations

As educators, we teach so much more than algebra and spelling to our students. Crucial life skills, such as self-regulation, repairing harm, and setting healthy boundaries to prevent harm, are just a few of the life lessons we can provide for our students. Teaching the importance of boundaries, how to communicate your needs, and how to receive boundary setting are all foundational building blocks for healthy interpersonal relationships. Unfortunately, many of us did not have a blueprint in our childhood about boundary setting and repair conversations. Here are some tips for integrating preventative interpersonal relationship skills into your classroom culture.  [...]

2023-05-03T20:26:28+00:00April 11, 2023|

The Power of Mistakes and Repair in the Classroom

  We all have ways of dealing with mistakes based on our life experiences. Some of us can embrace them as a chance to fix and try to do better next time, and others struggle to acknowledge them. The reality is that human beings make mistakes. It is part of learning and being in community together.   Learning that mistakes are opportunities When we create spaces in schools for students to repair, they learn that mistakes are opportunities. Respectful relationships between students and teachers and students and their peers are stronger and sustainable  if we know how to reconnect after [...]

2020-03-06T11:28:49+00:00March 6, 2020|

For Parents and Kids, Repair is a Powerful Tool for Learning and Connection

As parents we can feel a lot of pressure to do things right and have our kids be happy all the time. That’s just not possible, and there is brain science proving that mistakes are a powerful learning opportunity for adults as well as children. Dr. Daniel Siegel and Dr. Tina Faye Bryson, in their new book The Power of Showing Up, encourage us to embrace the mistakes we make. The process of being present with our kids, solving problems and making a repair, can bring us closer. Parents may think that we shouldn’t apologize to children, or feel uncomfortable [...]

2020-03-06T11:20:29+00:00March 6, 2020|
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