March 16

“If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again.”


This proverb has been traced back to the writings of Thomas H. Palmer in his Teacher’s Manual.

Hmmm…  Interesting, a teacher in the 1830’s was thinking about how to keep people motivated when they didn’t succeed the first time.  He was probably thinking this was good growth mindset type of advice for his students, but I’m going to say this is perfect growth mindset advice for this teacher!!!

For those who are back to hear how my day was after yesterday’s post, well it’s not all sunshine, rainbows, and happiness.  But there are some good things to share.



Very few listened


through musical transitions, I had a captive audience at the beginning of my lessons.


I was interrupted while trying to teach at least 542,938 times.


there was still interrupting, but somewhat less.


I felt like I had tried every trick I knew


I discovered that I had a few more tricks up my sleeve and some of them worked


My patience was completely tested.


It was tested again.

This morning

I got two emails that added more to my overfull plate, I cried, but had two awesome colleagues who listened and didn’t judge.

This afternoon

I felt better.  There is still lots of work to do, still lots of things to try, and I know that there are going to be some tough days, but I also know I can handle it!

So I’m just going to keep on trying!

PS The smoothie was replaced with a lovely dinner with my kind, loving, and  encouraging parents!  loving parents power > smoothie power !





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