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Resources for Helping Students Learn from Failure

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jan 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM
Topics: Teaching skills, Learning skills, Life skills

Nobody likes failing, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to learn from those times when we come up short of our goals. In fact, learning to cope and overcome failure is an important skill as we get older, and is an important value to instill in students as they grow. Edutopia has put together a great guide filled with different resources for helping students learn from the times they fail. Check out an excerpt below, or read the original article on their site.

Resources for Helping Students Learn from Failure

Fostering Growth-Friendly Learning Environments

  • How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure: Learn about Martin Covington’s research on failure, and explore three strategies that can help students overcome their fear of failure. (Greater Good, 2013)
  • 5-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward: Watch a curated video playlist about learning from failure, and consider sharing a few of the videos with students to fuel discussion about failure as a part of the learning process. (Edutopia, 2015)
  • Making Friends With Failure: Understand how to reframe failure by modeling vulnerability, focusing on questions and data instead of mistakes, and teaching children about great stories of failure. (Edutopia, 2013)
  • Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes: Understand how changing students mindsets can help them develop a more constructive relationship with errors. (Edutopia, 2014)

Activities That Teach About Mistakes

About Joe Clarkin

Joe Clarkin is a former copywriter at MBS. When he’s not working or studying, you’re most likely to find him reading a book or watching a game.

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