How to bounce back from mistakes

The good thing about mistakes? Everybody makes them. They’re a normal part of life – of learning and growing. But it’s not always easy to just bounce back after a mistake. In this lesson, students identify and reflect on simple strategies they could use to recover after making a mistake.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students will identify strategies they could use to bounce back after making a mistake.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify strategies for bouncing back from mistakes
  • reflect on which strategies they might find useful, and why.
activity 01

Instructions 5 min

  1. Invite students to think about a time they each made a mistake.
  2. Students read the ReachOut article How to recover after making a mistake.
  3. Students create a three-column PMI (Plus, Minus and Interesting) chart in their notebooks.
  4. Individually, or in pairs, students write in the ‘P’ column of their chart those strategies suggested in the article that they would use or think are useful, in ‘the ‘M’ column any they wouldn’t use or don’t think are useful, and in the ‘I’ column any that are new or interesting to them.
  5. As a class, discuss the strategies suggested in the article. Invite volunteers to answer the following questions:
    • Which strategies do you think might be effective in helping you to bounce back from mistakes? Have you ever tried any of these?
    • Which strategies wouldn’t you find useful? Why?