Permission to Fail

blogging alongside my students

Often as teachers, we are scared of failure. We might preach to our students that it’s ok to fail, you can make mistakes but you try again. We say it’s all part of the learning process, but do we give ourselves that permission?

The deep ingrained fear of failure has followed me for a while since I was young. I still remember when I got cut from the middle school basketball team,  I literally just stopped playing basketball after that. All the passion and love I had for the sport just disappeared when I didn’t see my name on the team roster.

Today,  I find myself in the classroom, encouraging my students to be part of this incredible writing challenge. A challenge that I have so often joined as a writer. Some years, I admit that I stopped writing. I gave up too easily.  I was tired, exhausted, and didn’t want to write after work and during my spring break. At times, I didn’t even try. I felt hypocritical. Making my students do something, that I wasn’t doing.

So here I am, a little bit older and wiser. I think it might even be year #8 of participating in this challenge. I’m going to write alongside my students. And, yes, I’m going to give myself permission to fail.

It’s not too late to join us on this writing challenge! Check out more details at The Two Writing Teachers !

Cloud Bread = 구름빵

구름빵 (Cloud Bread) by Baik Hee Na is a best selling picture book here in Korea. I absolutely love the illustrations as well. The author is also a parent of one of our students and came to our school today to talk about the writing process.

It was really cool that she creates all the illustrations in her books by creating the characters by hand and mixing different mediums. It was fascinating to hear her explain her process of coming up with the illustrations as she takes into consideration light, how the camera will take the photos of the objects, and the different drawing mediums (charcoal, paint, pencil, etc). I’m so blown away by the illustrations in addition to the great storyline! Take a look at some of the pages from her book. They also sell an English version of her book here in Korea. Also, I heard that they turned the book into a TV show and musical here.

Cloud Bread
The kids bring in a piece of a cloud.
The mother makes cloud bread using the cloud pieces.
Guess what happens when they eat the cloud bread!
So cute!

I just found a video of the show as well! So adorable!