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Student Challenge Quiz


In this questionnaire; you will find twelve questions about how your students might react to or deal with challenging tasks, making mistakes and having to put in effort. Look at each question carefully and think about:

  • the proportion of your students the statement applies to;
  • Don’t worry about the outliers…those who are very different to the statement in one direction or another;
  • Concentrate on the average range of students;
  • Estimate (roughly) how many of your students the statement describes.

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1.Students give up readily, especially when they perceive something as difficult *
2.Students are afraid of making mistakes: they think mistakes show poor learning *
3.Students tackle trickier tasks only when supported *
4.Students are beginning to think that finding things difficult is part of learning *
5.Students are happy to take the risk of tackling potentially tricky activities *
6.Students know mistakes are valuable and stay positive when they are finding it hard *
7.Students approach challenging tasks with enthusiasm and without fear of failure *
8.Students are interested in the which, why and how of the mistakes they make *
9.Students focus their effort productively to help them to overcome challenge *
10.Students have strategies to help them​ learn from the mistakes they make *
11.Students relish and seek out high challenge activities or situations *
12.Students display confident uncertainty when tackling any challenge, knowing they have strategies to call upon. *

17 Responses to Student Challenge Quiz

  1. Jill Douglas 15th April 2018 at 10:52 pm #

    I’m looking at this from the point of view of Drama as a practical subject. Much of what the students do is improvisation or practical tasks in public, in front of their peers and so it takes a while for them to appreciate that it is a relatively risk-free environment and for them to learn the skills to accept that. A Year 3 pupil or a new cannot be compared to a Year 6 pupil who has been doing Drama for years as they will learn those techniques along the way.

  2. Heather Scott 25th April 2018 at 12:55 pm #

    Due to the level of understanding of my pupils the latter part of the questionnaire I feel is really inapplicable.

  3. Terie Keough 7th September 2018 at 8:30 am #

    I completed this task thinking about the cross section of students I teach Visual Arts to from Year 7 to Year 12. A lot of how we learn is project based learning which builds skills through working through challenges, hence I try and get the concept of mistakes and challenges discussed early on. Still students want to succeed instantly. Creating a safe place where learning through experimentation is vital, also making mistakes publicly I find is also a good way of easing acceptance.
    It is difficult through when students come in with baggage of perfectionism or don’t try…..That takes time and relationship building to ensure trust is established so they can try and fail/ stumble in the steps to success.

    • Emma Hume 21st January 2019 at 2:18 am #

      Hi Terie
      Funny to see your name come up here! We are working through these modules at our school too.
      All the best 🙂

  4. Karen Wills 12th September 2018 at 1:37 am #

    takes time and feeling safe. relationships .

  5. Julie-Maree Jones 8th September 2019 at 6:16 am #

    Being at the lower end of the school we are still developing these skills so it is isn’t surprising that most of my students very much rely on me even though I am pushing them outside of their comfort zones. With continual support and encouragement I think it will improve.

  6. Melanie Doherty 24th September 2019 at 2:33 am #

    Working hard on this for my Maths Students

  7. Tim Holden 24th September 2019 at 6:44 am #

    I think many just lack the confidence to try and like to be reassured they are doing it right

  8. Sally O'Regan 24th September 2019 at 10:53 am #

    Working hard on combining the ‘Unstuck’ tools, mechanical tools, academic skills and building the passion in overall learning.

  9. Kate Robertson 25th September 2019 at 5:06 am #

    For some it is definitely a rehearsed response to feel they are stuck or don’t get it initially until they are reminded of the power of yet-many have the concept but have not practised enough the application.

  10. Catriona Laverty 30th October 2019 at 3:55 pm #

    With the pressure on young people to always be successful some pupils are scared to make a mistake and correct it after help. Some young people lack confidence and want to take the safe option.I will try and help develop a more positive mindset in my pupils.

  11. Rachel Hughes 30th March 2020 at 4:21 pm #

    So my students are a bit of everything then….. where do I begin?

  12. Jacqueline Hayward 4th May 2020 at 11:24 am #

    I think a lot of children lack confidence and need the reassurance and support to help them through this.

  13. Amanda Lawless-Pinches 4th May 2020 at 11:48 am #

    Student want to achieve and be given praise by their teacher, but so often they lack confidence and don’t like to ask for help.

  14. Traci Shiels 5th May 2020 at 3:11 pm #

    Students are a wide mixture of where hey are at with their learning which in itself can be difficult in a class environment to find the right Technique to use.

  15. Traci Shiels 5th May 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    Students are a wide mixture of where they are at with their learning which in itself can be difficult in a class environment to find the right Technique to use.

  16. Ruth McMeekin 7th November 2020 at 8:55 pm #

    Whilst many of the children in class recognise the value of being stuck, they still seem to hold on to a view that being stuck means that they have failed in some way. While we are taking steps to change this culture in class, it is harder to overcome this habit of thinking when it is reinforced by parental attitudes at home – our school has this as our next focus.

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