When students feel confused, they often want to give up because they feel incapable of continuing. They equate confusion with ability. We want students to equate confusion with learning. Learning and problem-solving often require the ability to work through confusion. Confusion can be a normal part of the learning process. When students understand that, they handle confusion better, feel less frustrated and are less likely to give up.
Confusion does not mean failure, quitting does.
Confusion simply means we are learning, or doing something new!