Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” -Helen Keller, writer and activist
In the article from EdWeek, Students Can Learn from their Mistakes if We Let Them by Peter DeWitt, he states, “What we need to get away from is the adult in the classroom answering their own questions, and [instead] fostering an atmosphere where students can rely on each other and work in collaboration.” Sound like a deep-rooted value we have at BCS? Yes indeed! Check out the article, which outlines the unintended messages we send to our students when we, as teachers, answer our own questions for them. Additionally the article details the “Power of Errors”, as well as listing several well-known strategies that help students rather than teacher talk, engage in discourse and share their thinking. In keeping with the “mistakes are opportunities to learn theme, below are two videos that are worth viewing.
First, Diana Laufenberg TED Talk: “How to learn? From mistakes” – Diana teaches at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia where students learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes. In this video Diana shares the importance of students learning from their mistakes as a critical component to the process of learning and within the learning process.
The second video “Learning from mistakes” is a TED Talk by Will Eaton where he helps emphasize the POWER that lies within any mistake that we must be sure to not overlook. Sit back, relax and check them both out to support this important value we have at BCS!