In Ms. Bryan's grade 5 class, they are learning the vocabulary needed to talk yourself out of giving up. To reinforce the idea, the students discussed the idea of and created their own Learning Pit.
Small steps can lead to big changes. The old story of 'The Little Engine That Could' is a story of growth mindset and the power of not giving up. The Learning Pit is not a bad place, in fact it is in the pit that we do our best learning. If you can jump over the pit, then you are not learning anything new.