'Ever tried? Ever failed? No Matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.'
All Teachers fail every day. It is, however, our duty to try and fail a little better. Before you press the delete button very angrily after leaving a stinging comment, hear me out.
If you think about it, having thirty kids in front of you every day - thirty brains, thirty learning styles - is a complex business; it would be impossible not to fail at some point during a fifty minute lesson, never mind a whole day.
Don’t get me wrong. I very rarely go home thinking that I’ve been a failure today. I try and accentuate the positive; but I need to be constantly aware of every child who I think I’ve failed to reach. And there is always at least one. The young boy who finds writing a real challenge and crumbles under the pressure; the girl who has just had a terrible Science lesson where she was confused and too frightened to ask for help; the promising footballer but reluctant student who has just finished his favourite lesson of the day – P.E. They all bring baggage to the classroom, baggage which I not only may not know about, but will find impossible to overcome in a short session even if I did. So I fail. Sometimes. And that is okay. As long as I am aware that it is happening.