At our school, we feel it is important to help children develop attitudes that help them to become strong, effective and flexible learners. We regularly speak about the importance of being resilient, coming out of our comfort zone, ‘having a go’ and being challenged at the right level of learning. One could call them “attributes for learning’. These are the kind of mindsets that will remove blockades in learning and drive the learner forward.
 
In today’s assembly, we read to the children the book ‘The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes’ by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein. It’s a lovely book that I can fully recommend for home reading. Apart from it being a very amusing story presented in a humorous and appealing fashion, it also addresses the downsides of aiming to be the one who never makes any mistakes. Making genuine mistakes is a natural part of any meaningful learning process. It’s very hard to challenge yourself at the right level, if making mistakes cannot be an option!

The other theme in the book was about the pressure one can be under if you can’t allow yourself to make any mistakes. Life becomes a lot less stressful and less enjoyable when you can’t look upon making mistakes as a natural process, which happens to us all.
 
This is certainly not an invitation to learners to go about their learning tasks with a carefree, not committal attitude. At Taylor’s International School, we expect our learners to fully apply themselves to achieve the best learning possible and to take pride in their work. This forms part of our RECIPE: striving for excellence in all what we do. What we are simply saying is that a healthy, learning focused attitude towards making mistakes helps our children to learn at the appropriate level with the joy of learning fully intact!
 
The joy of learning was certainly also visible during the year 2 exit point at the end of their IPC unit ‘Super Humans’. Many parents joined the classes in their celebration of what they had learnt over the course of this unit. There were many presentations to enjoy and the children had prepared various activities that would provide parents with the kind of learning experiments they had been involved in. I was particularly impressed with the different ways in which the children were presenting their learning and the open presentation style that many of our young learners already seem to adapt to. It formed a very enjoyable end of the week. I am sure that the children will be looking forward to the new learning that next week will bring!
 

Mr. Marco Damhuis (Head of Primary) 
Email Contact : marco.damhuis@pc.tis.edu.my