When we work hard on a project we want to get it right, right?! We all want to achieve that illusive outcome we set out to achieve. It’s a very important part of any project to get that, ‘Ahhhh, good job’ feeling. This desire to ‘get it right’ is a critical aspect of increasing persistent thinking. It can also motivate us when we are faced with a hurdle.

This concept of striving for accuracy is the 6th Habit of Mind. In this habit thinkers (us) are encouraged to strive for exactness and excellence, like that of a expert sculptor, artist or a master shoemaker. This habit asks us to keep trying our hardest and to put in as much effort as we possibly can. It also asks us to go back and check our work before we move on. The saying goes, ’if you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over again?’

Here at Thinkers.inq we are just starting with some great conversations about being someone who doesn’t give up and always tries their best at whatever they are doing. Some examples of our conversation, and some you might like to try are:

  • We ask, “What does our learning space look like when it is clean and tidy?” (e.g.: toys in their spots, books on shelf) Together, we talk about the tasks we need to do to keep our space lovely. When things aren’t right or get messy we simply take another look and pinpoint what needs to be done and sort out the problems. These conversations help us recognize accuracy.
  • We also talk about the steps in our daily routines, such as washing hands or getting ready for lunch or huddle time. This helps everyone to recognize precision. Any example of a routine is an opportunity to mention the importance of getting each step right in the routine to help us toward reaching the goal.
  • We are also working on mastering tasks such as using a glue stick or making puppets.  Simple games like Simon Says also help with building precision and accuracy as both are important to the final outcome of winning the game.

The key to remember with this habit is not get caught up in perfectionism. Striving for our is very best is brilliant but it doesn’t come at the cost of perfectionism which can have it’s roots in fear of failure.

Our challenge to you today is to become a master of your work and play.