It's okay to take risks and make mistakes at RJ!

Name of School:

R.J. Hawkey Elementary

Our school is considered:


In five words or less, describe your prototype

Using instructional practices to help students take risks and make mistakes

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How might we?:

How might we create a culture where students and teachers are willing to take risks and make mistakes?

Describe the prototype(s) your school will focus on. Get creative. Be sure to describe the various approaches staff will take, what you will keep your eye on and how staff plan to document their results.

Making mistakes is a part of life.  It doesn't always feel good, but it is a way for us to learn and grow.  Taking risks is also closely connected to this and if we are okay to take risks, we will make mistakes, and learn.  At RJ, we will push students to take risks through activities like our rich tasks and number talks in math.  We are also looking at ways to help students develop self-advocacy skills and encourage them to choose alternative learning environments like our Chill Zone if they need some additional academic support or a space to self regulate.  Teaching students about growth mindset and the power of yet, helps them understand that struggling is a part of learning. 
Our staff are also engaged in this process of taking risks and making mistakes.  They will continue to be involved in Lesson Study as part of our school professional learning model.  In Lesson Study, they will co-plan, teach and reflect on lessons in numeracy.  Teaching in front of colleagues and receiving feedback is an intimidating process, but one which allows us to grow our practice.  Lesson Study is an excellent way for our teams to build trust and teamwork and ultimately impact the types of lessons that are designed to engage students.