As the Principal of Our Lady of the Assumption School I have the pleasure of teaching. This year my primary teaching responsibility is teaching grade 6 students math. During the first week of school our class room did a variety of activities to build community and establish a positive learning space. I shared a variety of ‘thoughts’ with the class. One thought was that I believe in failing, in fact I told the class that I want them to fail. I wanted to stress to the students that I wanted them to take risks and do not worry about making mistakes.
I shared with them two pictures. Firstly, F.A.I.L. (First Attempt in Learning):
I wanted students to realize that we all make mistakes and that in making a mistake we create an opportunity to learn. Simply put, we learn from our mistakes. The second picture I shared was a collage of a mistake I made this summer. Here is the picture story of my mistake:
I wanted to show students that I make mistakes, big and small, on a regular basis. The students tried to figure out my mistake. Can you? I will share the story of my mistake in a couple days.
I hope the students will not be afraid or worry about their mistakes. I hope they will learn from their mistakes. Please F.A.I.L.