Invite community members to share their failures with your class!

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Classes invite community members and parents to share their failures with the class. Following the TED Talk model, #FAILtalks allow speakers to describe how failing led to insights and further learning. Celebrating failure fosters risk-taking, curiously and agency in student learning. 

This way, when students design, they will learn to focus on divergent thinking and not settle for their first solution.


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I love this, I used to do this with my elementary classroom. I had a giant post-it that was split into two columns. One said "Miss Levin's mistakes" and the other said "How she fixed it." The students saw me dutifully report whenever I did something (like spill milk on a student at lunch!) and then saw my reflection on how I fixed it and moved on. I saw them start to model that behavior themselves. 

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Love this idea! Particularly having teachers model throughout the year, Go Cait! 

Just brainstorming...  part of curriculum for We are 'co-learners' (to be way more unpacked)
-#FAILtalks, from students too
-Cait's idea, teachers modeling failures and how they are fixed throughout the year
RICHARD FANNING one step closer notebook (possibly being a part of how students are graded, similar to how portfolios/processfoilos are used in some classrooms instead of test to evaluate)

These feel very connected at trying to have students experience learning with an emphasis on understanding the general process of learning and identifying their unique way of learning. Also recognizing the role teachers can play by modeling and showing that learning is not just a student activity, and that teaching is not simply a teacher activity. Though, i'm sure a lot of ideas on teachers guild can be brought together to build vastly new classrooms :) how exciting!

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