Question: What do you do when you know a lesson is tanking?

Answer: Well, this happens to all of us for different reasons.  Sometimes a lesson tanks because I haven’t prepped properly, sometimes because I thought they knew something that the needed to know and they really didn’t or…well…because it’s a full freaking moon!  You know how that goes!

I have been given really good advice in my life that totally applies to a tanking lesson: When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

Yep.  When I notice a lesson isn’t going well and my attempts to fix it are falling flat, I just say to the kids something like, “You know what?  We’re having trouble here and we need to start over again.” And then I start over.

Usually the kids look at me like, “Yeah, it wasn’t really going well!”  It’s not a mystery when a lesson is struggling!

I also thinks that hitting that ‘start over’ button is a really good model of resilience.

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