Teach your student to stop & think, “What Went Well?”

Always start any questions about your student’s day, their game, their
exam with, “What Went Well?” or some version of that.

• When you start with reminding students of all that they have
accomplished, you teach them to see situations as another
challenge to master rather than a problem that could get the
best of them.

• It’s a deceptively simple trick, but it activates our unconscious
brain to problem solve from a state of confidence rather than

• It refocuses teens away from failing to meet their own or your
expectations. It centers their attention on what they know
and what they can bring to a better result next time.

• It’s about growth. It’s about getting stronger and better. It’s

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The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.