Practicing Resiliency

The Goal: This exercise is designed to remind students that “failure” is not a bad thing—our mistakes are usually the best learning experiences in our lives!


RAMP (ASCA) Mindset & Behaviors addressed and developed: Academic: Critical Thinking; Open Perspective / Informed Decisions; Taking Challenges. Career: Perseverance; Overcoming Obstacles; Handling Change/Adapting.  Social/Emotional: Life-Long Learning; Self-Confidence.


  • Circle of chairs
  • Indigo Report

Step 1: Show this clip: ( from Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. It’s a perfect example of how failure can be a good thing.

Step 2: Have students share with the group a time they failed and what they felt and learned.

Example: A student shares about a time he missed the details in a project and how it caused him to get a lower grade. He talks about how he learned to 1) pay attention to details and 2) communicate with the teacher if he is unclear.

Note: Reference the Skills page in the Indigo Report—some students’ past failures may actually have resulted in certain skills being more developed.

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