"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
As a perfectionist, I know I disappoint myself frequently because I know that out of my failures, I do have some successes. The problem, for me, with failure is that it affects me negatively and causes stress on myself. My husband gets so frustrated with me because I often don't see myself the way coworkers see me. I administered the 8th grade final exam last Friday and the results were not nearly what I anticipated them to be. I was nearly to the point of tears and doubting my teaching career by the time I went home. After I regrouped myself, I looked at how my 7th graders did on their final exam and realized that they did pretty well. I decided at that point that my teaching can't be the problem. Perhaps, I didn't teach exactly what I should have, the right points, or the test could even not have been clear. I spent several hours over the weekend reconsidering my lesson plans, and I rewrote most of a 15 day unit during that time. When I returned to school, I apologized to my students and posed the changes I plan to make for my next term to them. I even had a few raise their hands to ask if they could come back to my class because the changes seemed so exciting to them. Yes, I was very disappointed in my failure because I truly feel like I have found my calling and it hurt badly. If I didn't have the failure, I wouldn't have tried to improve; therefore, I would be missing out on a great teaching opportunity (improvement), and my students would be missing out on a great learning opportunity. This quote was just what I needed to see today because it is so relevant to my life and helps ease some of my feelings of inadequacy.