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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Creating Risk-Takers

 When I list goals for my kiddos, one of those is to create risk-takers. We discuss at length, the difference between being a risk-taker and skateboarding off the roof (which is not encouraged :) and being a risk-taker in coming up with an idea everyone might not accept, or sharing an answer you are not sure is correct, which I do encourage. I have actually heard the encouragement from student to student when one raises their hand and then does not have an answer. The student told the other-- "take a risk, share your answer"! So I hope it's getting through. Of course, at this age they are not too concerned what their peers think of them yet, so they are pretty genuine.

Some literature that I think helps model risk-taking in being an original (Fancy Nancy, Ladybug Girl, Pinkalicious-- I think falls into that category too, but these may be ones that aren't as popular) :











We have so many medical, technological, social advances because people took risks. These kids are our future, we need them to be originals!



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5 comments :

  1. I've never heard of any of these. Now I have to check them out at the library!!
    Blessings,

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
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  2. Thanks for the books. With older kids this is a real problem. They are so invested in being smart and correct they won't take chances and resist learning new things.

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  3. Thanks guys! Yeah, I can imagine a big issue with the older kids. The younger ones are not really confident yet (most of them) with coming up with something different/new. There's not a lot of peer pressure yet, but they are still pretty unsure of themselves.

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  4. I see some new books I'm going to have to check out. I love Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. I like to use it for back to school!! Thanks for stopping by on my blog. I am now your newest follower! It looks like you have some great detail on here!

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  5. Thanks for sharing this great list. Even older elementary students love to be read to. And picture books rule...short read and valuable lessons.

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