If high-school lessons were taken seriously in the professional world, our entire class would be able to add the skills of independence, toughness, understanding of physics, strength, and bad***ness to our recently polished resumes.

An issue of even greater importance, though, pertains to our unstated theme this week: rebounding. This week, we focus on the significance of mistakes, and even failure. Ms. Oropallo asks that we do not be perfect; “Being ‘perfect’ means making mistakes and then learning from those mistakes,” (Oropallo). We are retraining are defaulted mindsets to genuinely accept temporary defeat. For our class, this might mean going straight to drilling rather than making measurements accurate to .05 millimeters, cutting boards without hesitation, or even executing a structure without 100% certainty.

But what if we really Fail? No such thing. In this class, we are too greatly supportive of each-other to even consider feeling like failures. We’ve got our close-knit coop groups, our tightly woven MSEL class, and our brilliantly constructive teacher. These all yield wildly successful results: hexagonal structures, curved walls, colorful windows, and truckloads of laughs.

TL lost last night to MC’s Varsity boys’ basketball team, but that’s not the kind of rebound I’m talking about. I’m talking about InΓ¨s getting nearly knocked out by a heavy block of wood and standing right back up to build. I’m talking about Merone getting shanked by thick splinters and picking her drill back up. I’m talking about Brenda dropping a plethora of screws and smiling her beautiful smile until she gets them in. And most of all, I’m talking about Ms. Oropallo getting shot down by our class every day but continuing to work with us.

Why did the chicken cross the road? To step onto the porch of his brand-new, shiny, hardwood floored, shingled, two-story mansion.

− Written by Angelique Avanozian and Merone Eckert

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20 Responses

  1. jonathanw says:

    Failure is a great thing, better to make the mistakes now then when the real deal comes along. You can never on the other hand be to care full about how you use your power tools such as the skill saw

  2. mias says:

    I’m not sure if I already commented. So just in case, good job and I like the part about mistakes helping us grow.

  3. selenak says:

    No such thing as failing! πŸ˜€

  4. heslerd says:

    Great blog to read. I totally agree with the idea that it is okay to make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes… can’t make the mistake twice! No one is perfect.

  5. selenak says:

    I like how you had an example of how each of your group members doesn’t let anything get them down, and the chicken joke:)

  6. taylors taylors says:

    That’s one lesson this class has taught me. You can always fix your mistakes. Our groups coup is slanted a bit, but it doesn’t bother us. We just work around it.

  7. juliettas says:

    I’ve definitely learned as well that there is no such thing as failure in this class. I have made a ton of mistakes but i learn from each one and make my chicken coop even better each time.

  8. emilyi emilyi says:

    I love this blog post! I’ve learned so much from building these coops too. Also you guys definitely have the most unique coop in the class. It looks awesome!

  9. Miguel F. Miguel F. says:


  10. tarenb says:

    I am glad to know that we are not the only ones making mistakes. Hopefully we can learn from them!

  11. Patrick Shami Patrick Shami says:

    I completely agree with oropallo. learning from mistakes is better than just knowing EVERYTHING.

  12. angelicap angelicap says:

    I agree with Ms. Oropallo that we need to make mistakes. None of the chicken coops are perfect but they look great and we are learning every step of the way.

  13. avaa says:

    I love this whole blog! Your picture is super cute and that joke at the end is funny πŸ™‚ Love it!

  14. monicaz says:

    great blog! i love the lesson behind making mistakes. i know our class is a little hesitant to do so, but with the help of ms. oropallo, we should all be comfortable making mistakes all the time and learning from them

  15. anapaulav anapaulav says:

    Very inspired by these unstoppable students!

  16. audreyb says:

    Great blog! I definitely loved to hear that everything we build doesn’t have to be perfect, and that mistakes are what teach us to be hard workers!

  17. khanht khanht says:

    I like the joke at the end πŸ˜€

    This is a really good blog, Merone and Angelique! Really inspiring and uplifting.

  18. dahlyah says:

    Definitely learn a lot from mistakes in that class!

  19. inesg inesg says:

    Lol girl, thanks for mentioning my terrible accident hahahaha LOVE the joke at the end this is honestly such a good blog, both in the writing and the topic chosen. Its true we learn so many life lessons in this class, but rebounding from failure is definitely a big one. It’ll be hard for all us perfectionists in Msel

  20. amberl says:

    Learning to how to make mistakes and grow from them is such an important lesson, you did a great job explaining that.

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