Teaching Students to TRY

I spent some time tonight reading different blogs that I visit regularly, and I came across a great post on Lessons from the Middle about teaching students to TRY using this video.

This got me to thinking. What other ways could we illustrate TRY for students?

How about paddling upstream?

How about finishing a race when you know you’re not going to win?

How about swimming in the Olympics when you can barely swim?

How about growing up and living despite being sick?

How about a baby duck too small to jump a curb?


Isn’t TRY one of the most important lessons we can teach our students?  Isn’t it much more valuable than the subject we teach?