I read recently the Iditarod gives a prize called The Red Lantern for the musher who finishes last.
What does this mean? It means that just finishing the Iditarod is worth something. Failing to come near the top of the pack still has value. The race is still something worth doing.
What if teachers did this? What if the student’s completed assignment–even if it is not done perfectly and is even turned in late–still is praised because it was something accomplished?
Working hard to finish a difficult assignment should be esteemed highly. An English professor said that even if a book is bad, the fact that it was even finished being written is commendable.
Sometimes, especially in the world of education, we have to give positive reinforcement for not just a job well done, but simple a job that’s done. The experience for the student could be life changing.