“Look smart, don’t risk making mistakes.” What I notice in my students is that they are afraid to take chances and make mistakes. Their conversations with me start with “Ms. Bacon, I don’t get it.” There is no effort made to try and read instructions, even when it is gone over and modeled by yours truly. So my inquiry this term is to see if I can affect change in students’ seeming disability, in their perception of their ability to learn. When the going gets tough, the kids give up (and I go Arrrrgh). I came upon this article while reading other teachers’ blogs. I encourage you to read it.