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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"Allowing" Mistakes/Failure in the Classroom Can Foster Learning

Growth Mindset: How to Normalize Mistake Making and Struggle in Class (+Video)

Katrina Schwartz | August 24, 2015

[Blogger's note: The idea that users of Makerspace can be allowed to fail is gaining acceptance, since failure can still lead to creativity and growth through learning. See for example: which is Part 1 of series of 3 articles.]
Carol Dweck’s research on growth mindset has become essential knowledge in education circles. The Stanford psychologist found that children who understand that their brains are malleable and can change when working through challenging problems can do better in school. Now, many school districts are attempting to teach growth mindset to their students. At the core of this practice is the idea of “productive failure” and giving students the time and space to work through difficult problems. Another key idea is to praise the process and effort a child puts in, not the final product.


<more at; related links: (New Research: Students Benefit from Learning That Intelligence Is Not Fixed. July 16, 2014) and (Give work that encourages mistakes: See it in action)>

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