Somewhere along the line we decided that failure was a bad thing — something to be avoided at all costs, as if that’s possible. Even though we tell our kids that Edison failed hundreds of times before he invented the light bulb, we keep perpetuating school cultures that abhor failure. Our students likely know most of what we’re saying is lip-service.
It could be all of the testing. It could be current grading practices. It could be the lack of play in many of our classrooms. This needs to change.
On Monday, I’m going to show my students this video:
And then we’re going to talk about their experience with failure in school and our classroom. What needs to change will come from that conversation.
I’ve been reflecting on what the most important things are for my students to learn. And none of the subect matter I teach comes to mind.
Instead, my students need to learn to embrace failure and allow it to be their teacher.
Fear of failure prevents us from taking risks. Prevents us from reaching out to others. Prevents us from becoming who we are meant to be.