Learning from failure

Approaching learning in terms of ‘mastery’ and ‘not yet’ improves students resilience in the face of failure. This lesson explores the importance of developing growth mindsets by setting achievable goals. This is important for students mastering skills and improving overall learning and resilience throughout life.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness

Learning Intention

To reflect on the importance of seeking assistance, learning from failure and developing a positive mindset.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will understand that:

  • reflection on mistakes and successes is a key tool when progressing towards mastery of a skill
  • seeking support and/or assistance will help with progression towards mastery of a skill/task.
Activity 01

Opposite hands 10 min

Students work in pairs and use their non-dominant hand to write the words to do with mindsets backwards for the other person to guess. Word examples could include: Mindset, Growth, Fixed, Yet, Feedback, Failing, Learning.