I know what you're thinking...
When my daughter was little, I took her ice skating. I'd always loved ice skating, so I'd hoped she'd be successful. She and I stepped out onto the ice holding hands, and we started to skate! She was doing great. There were a couple of times she started to lose her balance, but I was right there to help her, and she got back to skating right away.
Kids need failure in order to learn.
It's not so easy for us, but it's also not easy for the kids. Do you have children in your classroom who are afraid to answer questions because they fear being wrong?
Do you have children who are afraid to complete work because they're not sure they'll get the right answer?
Do you have students who cheat when they play games because they're afraid of losing?
We need to get these kids past that fear of failure!
How can we do that?
2. by making them feel confident.
3. by praising their efforts.
4. by continuing to encourage them.
5. by being a role model: let them see you make mistakes and model appropriate ways to cope with failure.
It might sound like this: "Thanks for pointing that out. You just made us all smarter!"
One last story about my daughter:
She's a perfectionist, and takes pride in her good grades. When she was in 8th grade, she got a C in Algebra. My comment? "Good! Now you know you won't die."
Seriously, it relieved a lot of stress for her. And she turned out to be fine. Plus, it motivated her to work harder in Algebra, and she ended up on the Math Honor Society in High School!
There are loads of studies on the benefits of failure, and how it can be successful.
Give it a google!
I have this poster hanging in my classroom. I refer to it often.