“Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.”
– Bo Bennett
I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can in order to help my students deal with their frustration. I think the thing that has worked the best is providing my students a forum to share what they are experiencing. At the start of the year, sitting down and spending five minutes talking about the challenges certain problems presented allowed my students to see that other students had the same frustrations. As the semester has progressed we have become better at dealing with our frustration individually. My students have been honest with me about their frustration, something that has helped them get accustomed to the process of working through it. Creating a community has allowed my students to not only be vocal with their frustrations but it has also allowed me to gain their trust.
Having to deal with frustration and experience how frustration is an important part of learning has helped my students and I really look at learning from a different perspective. I am loving the challenges that inquiry presents not only for my students, but myself as well.