Episode 12: How to Deal with Failure, and Why It's Important artwork
Finger Painting The Future

Episode 12: How to Deal with Failure, and Why It's Important

  • S1E12
  • 43:50
  • December 30th 2020

COVID-19 quickly moved our children into virtual learning this year and it's safe to say it was NOT an easy transition. For kids, staring at a screen all day isn't as exciting as being in a classroom with their friends!

On today's episode of Finger Painting the Future, special guest Dyane Smokorowski, 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year, gives parents and teachers advice on how to set children up for success and help them deal with failure. Whether it's picking something your students are passionate about or helping them ask their teacher for resources, we adults must ensure we are working to bridge the parent-student gap.

Your takeaways for this episode:

  • Reach out & talk to your students' teacher
  • Share your students’ interests with your teachers 
  • Teach your students to self-advocate

About our guest: Dyane Smokorowski is a 2019 National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year, and is currently serving as the Coordinator of Digital Literacy in the Wichita Public Schools. Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research, and project implementation. Additionally, Dyane thrives on the mission to create active and engaging teacher professional learning opportunities. She wants her students and teachers to develop a love for innovation, communication, and technology, but also to understand how to use that love and passion to advance their own futures, as well as that of the global community.


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 It doesn’t matter whether it’s a toddler or teenager, today’s parents are overwhelmed with a never ending list of head scratching heart pumping questions that leave them searching for the answers on how to raise a good child. Join the Windy City Nanny, Florence Ann Romano and renowned educator Joseph Fatheree on Finger Painting The Future, a podcast that will help you search for solutions to the questions that keep parents up at night.

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Florence Ann Romano
Host & Childcare Advocate

My Nana and Papa (AKA my grandparents) lived with my family for years, and they helped me understand what it means to care for a child. Seeing them look after my siblings and parents taught me one very important lesson: it really does take a village. Letting other people into our hearts isn’t a sign of weakness. If anything, it only makes us stronger!

I am a former nanny of 15 years and an active childcare advocate.

Today, I’m a proud member of the Board of Directors at the Children’s Research Fund, an incredible organization that supports the pediatric research at Lurie Children’s Hospital here in Chicago. I’m also a founding member of Sesame Street’s Leadership Council, and I look after the honorary kids in my life on the daily. They call me “Auntie Lo”––stinkin’ cute, I know!

I’m always inspired by my family and friends and I try to live by the motto, “Have courage and be kind.” Life is all about being positive; pushing boundaries; opening your heart; and letting in the love. I truly believe parents will experience beautiful breakthroughs in their homes if they simply ask for help––and that’s what I am here to do… to encourage and empower you to be the best you can be by letting love in.

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Joe Fatheree
Host & Award-Winning Educator

Joe Fatheree is an award winning author, educator, and filmmaker. He has received numerous educational awards, including the 2007 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2009 NEA Member Benefits Award, and he was a Top 10 Finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.

He was recently named one of the Top 10 Teachers in the World by the Varkey Foundation. He served as the Director of Strategic Projects for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year in Washington, D.C. and is the instructor of creativity and innovation at Effingham High School in Illinois. He currently serves on an advisory board for the Institute for Ethical AI in Education in the United Kingdom.

Fatheree’s television work has aired nationally on PBS, The Documentary Channel, Hulu, and the MLB Network. He is the recipient of 3 Mid America Emmy Awards and a Telly.