With so much emphasis on student achievement, it's no wonder that parents expect their children to complete their assignments, follow the rules, and make good grades. What would happen if teachers reversed this trend by teaching kids perseverance and learning from their failures? What if we celebrated the fact that students are able to analyze the process that they went through to complete an assignment or project and share what worked and what didn't work? What if we assessed students on their ability to analyze instead of their ability to memorize?
With Fail Forward, students will reflect each day on their learning process (Think Time) and post their reflections to a closed community where parents, teachers, and other students can comment, give encouragement, and provide motivation for the students. We will build a culture of caring and an environment where failure is just the first step to success.
Every nine weeks we will celebrate with a Fail Forward Fest and students will share their biggest failures along with the actions that they took to be successful. Parents, teachers, and other students will celebrate the learning process as well as the learning outcomes.