Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Successful People Who Failed First

One of the most important lessons we can teach students is that failure does not have to be a stop sign--it can be a sign pointing toward success.  A strategy I used was to profile famous people whoThis webpage describes 19 such people.
are considered successes, along with their failures.

For example, check out this profile of Taylor Swift:
She may have only been 11 years old at the time, but the young and driven TSwift struggled at first to find a record label in Nashville, Tennessee, that would sign her. During a middle school spring break, she took a demo CD of her singing karaoke covers of country stars Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks and LeAnn Rimes to Music Row and handed copies to as many music label receptionists as she could, but said she wasn't signed because "everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do." She clearly found her niche, though -- this musical princess has since learned how to play quite a few instruments, taken over the country and pop-rock scene, and openly defied one the most popular music streaming companies.

For the entire list, click here.

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