Failure is one of the words that makes our foreheads frown each time we hear it. We grow up in a culture that is full of misconceptions about failure. If you fail then you are not smart enough, you are a looser, you suck, and the list of such pejorative words is too long. We become more concerned with failure than with what we have to really achieve.
What we really fail to recognize is that failure in itself is an achievement. Would you fail if you have not tried ? This is a process of trail and error and as Isaac Newton once said " If you do not commit mistakes then you have never tried something new ". Sir Ken Robinson stated in his great book Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative " Every creative process passes through various phases, it may involve false starts, trial and error and a series of successive approximations along the way to the finished work. The educational value of creative work lies as much in the process of conceptual development as in the creation of the final product ".Yes this is how we should teach our students to look at their mistakes and failures, as a process towards real achievement. We would not let them have the same falsified perceptions we had when we were young.
Making a mistake is a healthy symptom of learning and without them we can never assess and localize the problem areas in ones learning path.Additionally, it is only by making mistakes and failing that learners learn better and information gets more consolidated both in the long and shor term memory. Failure in fact can largely benefit our memories, its analogous to the engine oil for it keeps it running smooth and active.
As teachers, we need to understand the philosophy of mistakes and in helping you doing so, I am sharing with you some great resources that I have meticulously selected from Larry Ferlazzo Websotes of the Day. The following are links to some great articles and studies on the importance of mistakes in learning. I have also embedded some great videos that you can also share with your students. Let us all fight off those misconceptions about failure and mistakes and revamp our students learning methods. Bookmark the post to get back to it whenever you feel like reading one of its cited resources.
Here is the list of the articles : Just click on any title to read the entire article
- Learning from Mistakes Takes the Right Feedback
- 9 Reasons Why Failure Is Not Fatal
- The Ten Worst Teaching Mistakes by Richard M. Felder
- Why Do Some People Learn Faster?
- The Art of Failing Successfully
- How Struggle Leads to Learning
- “We Should Celebrate Mistakes”
- A rather complicated
- Videos Of Students Celebrating Making Mistakes
- Learning From Brilliant Mistakes
- Finding Opportunity in Failures
- Mistakeville is a site where users can share their mistakes and what they learned from them.
- Fascinating Study On What Learning From Mistakes Does To The Brain
- The University of Pennsylvania gives “Brilliant Mistakes” awards to “people whose mistakes were most productive.”
- Telling students it’s okay to fail helps them succeed — study
- For Better Learning, Failure Is An Option
- Reducing Academic Pressure May Help Children Succeed
- Standardized Test Scores Can Improve When Kids Told They Can Fail, Study Finds
- Videotaping Helps ESL Students Recognize Their Good Mistakes – and Learn from Them!
- “When You Fail, You Are Learning”
- Teddy Roosevelt On Failure
- When Have You Ever Failed at Something? What Happened as a Result?
- Sowing Failure, Reaping Success: What Failure Can Teach
1- This one is from TED