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The Gift of Failure: 50 Tips for Teaching Students How to Fail Well

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"What if, when students failed, teachers praised them? In the business world, the world of entrepreneurship, failure remains inevitable but so does success if you keep plugging away at your goal.

Embracing this in education teaches students to learn that mistakes lead to success. Science teachers probably understand this concept better than most teachers. They just happen to call it hypothesis or refer to it as an experiment instead of failure."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 20, 2013 10:11 PM

What would happen if we taught our students (or learners) that failure is a gift, that we learn lessons when we fail. This post provides 50 tips to use with students to help them "fail well." Five are below. Find the forty-five in the post, as well as additional information on each.

* Point out their mistakes

* Praise them immediately

* Experiment with them

* Expose them to the unknown

* Teach them to start over

Use these tips to shift communication around failure. Help your students see failure as an opportunity to learn, to grow.

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Re-Defining Failure

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 16, 2013 10:55 PM

Check out the notes from the talk above, consider watching the video embedded within the post and think about new ways to work with your students this year about the concept of failure. If you are an engineer failure you understand that failure is a teaching tool, allowing you to improve the project, but in education most students consider failure just that...they have failed. A couple of quotes found in this visalization are below. What are your thoughts as you read them?

* Have courage. It's not easy to do new things!

* No failure means no risk which means nothing new.