Its okay to fail, no really. By: Joshua Snyder

During this course I have learned a great deal of information; however, the topic that has stuck out the most to me is allowing failure in the classroom. In the book Teach Like Your Hair Is On Fire, Rafe Esquith spoke about the importance of letting students fail. During one of his lessons in science students were asked to create a roller-coaster. It took the students two months to complete the project due to several failures. Rafe spoke about the importance of letting students fail, they learn the most by doing that. He also stated it was the best teaching he had ever experienced when he let the students take the lead. As educators the last thing we want to do is let students fail; however, it is important to remember the lesson from failure will teach the students more than being told the solution.

Applying this in my classroom is going to be difficult. My natural instinct it to help and save others, so it will take a great deal of self-control to stop from providing the solution. Next school year I will be teaching English language arts to 3rd grade students. Supporting the students in the area of reading and focusing on comprehension skills will take a great deal of patience and understanding. I must remember that it is okay for the students to struggle, the students journey  will teach them the needed skills and resiliency to support them in later life experiences.

Video on failure: https://youtu.be/9pIIdscT7gY

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One thought on “Its okay to fail, no really. By: Joshua Snyder

  1. lchapas says:

    Joshua – I agree that it is difficult to stand back and let someone make mistakes, whether it be students in our classroom or even your own kids. But it is an important part of the learning process, and children MUST be allowed to make mistakes. I really appreciate your blog post and what you had to share! – Lisa Chapas

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