So this school year has gone pretty well (yeah, I know, it still took me until January to blog again)... and I feel it’s a year of discovery - Discovering and rediscovering myself as a person and an educator. I’ve changed up some ways I have students plan and create choice-based projects and I’m trying to get more technology integrated. I don’t proclaim to be a whiz bang at 3D printers or robotics or coding - but I see its importance and know many students love those things and so much of it involves problem solving and critical thinking (um - hello - isn’t that also art?!). So I have been learning along side the kiddos as we go discovering what works best on our 3D printer and letting kids share their knowledge, too.
So as much as failure doesn’t feel good - it definitely allows for growth, reflection, and success. I feel like I’m going to have a successful school year when it’s all said and done despite not knowing everything about 3D printers and technology ...or not getting everything accomplished because sometimes life does get in the way. The main thing - my students’ learning and growth is important and allowing myself to learn and grow with them is the best discovery!
How do you encourage growth and learning? How do you overcome failure? How do you allow your students to learn from failure?!