Teaching Tip Tuesday: FAIL

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For most of us, we are heading into our final grading periods for this school year.  Standardized tests and end of year finals are on the near horizon. That doesn't mean there isn't time to try something new with your student though.  In fact, this may be the best time to inject something fresh.  What are some of those fresh ideas?  Well that's for another time.

Today is just to impress upon you that fear of whatever this "new" technique, lesson, PBL, etc, is, that it doesn't matter if it doesn't turn out to be a complete success right away.  
Failure gives us an opportunity to reflect what didn't work and what improvements can be made. 
Students need to see that it's okay to try something that may be far from perfect but can get better with thought and practice. 
It's easy to stay in a comfort zone, especially at this point in the school year.  We might even use excuses that "if I change what I'm doing, my students won't be ready for the TEST."
But if we do not attempt something new just to avoid possible failure, then we aren't teaching the most important skills such as resilience, determination, and perseverance.
Thomas Edison once said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
So don't be afraid to try something new.  Instead, embrace the chance to FAIL!

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