It's a P R O C E S S // I tell this to my students again and again (and I can only hope it will sink in eventually): "Any mistake you ever make, I have probably made it at least once, maybe even twice." When a student comes to me and says something looks bad or isn't perfect, I just want to shake them (I don't haha) and I say "It's ok! Nothing is ever perfect, but that doesn't mean it can't be beautiful anyway." And if a student complains to me that something is "taking a long time", all I can say is that most things in life that are worth doing take time. But no matter what I say, I can only hope it will sink in eventually. And my appeal to other #teachers
out there, what else can I say to temper student concerns like self-doubt, overly perfectionist impulses, or impatience? I've mentioned it before, but I do not have formal training as an educator,
so I'm trying to figure certain things out as I go along. And even though the obvious focus of my work is teaching sewing, I'm also deeply committed to helping cultivate a healthy growth mindset in the students I teach--the kind of mindset that equips them to be learners of all trades who are curious, confident, and forgiving of themselves even in the face of perceived weaknesses or challenges. I mean, I'm an adult and I still struggle with self-doubt, perfectionism, and impatience, and I know that these impulses are the culprit behind a lot of unnecessary stress, so learning to manage these feelings is important. What do you say to yourself or others when you catch yourself falling victim to these kinds of thoughts? If you're a teacher or a parent, what steps are you taking to foster a #growthmindset
in your kids? (Btw, these are some of the process photos I took while assembling a #zipperpouch
created using a tutorial from @mellysews.
There are MANY more photos, which goes to show that even a simple project like this one is a process!). #makethings #teachlifeskills #learntosew #savehomeec #slowandsteady