3-Minute Video About Making Mistakes and Empathy
by Tatiana Florival
“[Perfect] is great for teaching social-emotional lessons, doing lessons about compare and contrast, and teaching our students that it’s okay to make mistakes!” —Tiffany Beuter
Everybody makes mistakes sometimes! In fact, first grade teacher Tiffany Beuter at Horn Elementary in Iowa City, Iowa, wants her students to make mistakes—after all, they’re an important part of learning.
To help her class have conversations about imperfections and empathy, Tiffany loves sharing the Book of the Week, Perfect by Max Amato. Watch her teacher review video to discover how you can use Perfect with your class to teach:
• Social-Emotional Lessons: Open up discussions about how it’s okay to make mistakes and that the classroom is a safe space
• How to Make a Venn Diagram: Compare and contrast the pencil and the eraser at the beginning, middle, and end of the story
• Art: Encourage students to scribble with a pencil, and then make a picture with eraser marks—just like in the story!
• Language Fluency: Supplement lessons by having students identify onomatopoeias and reading aloud
• Text-to-Self Connections: Have a class discussion about how the eraser becomes overwhelmed by the pencil’s actions, and have students think about times when they’ve felt that way
While teaching remotely, students can read aloud with their mics on mute. That way, students get to practice without the added pressure to read perfectly!
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