Sunday, December 19, 2010

Video of the Week - Learning from Mistakes

Failure is a great teacher. For the last several years I've coached soccer and while I prefer it when the team wins, I've observed that many teams learn more when they lose. Our schools can take advantage of failure as wonderful learning tool, when we differentiate between formative and summative evaluations. Diana Laufenberg talks about changing from a culture of one right answer. When students are led to inquiry and permitted to make mistakes, learning becomes authentic, lasting, and engaging.

Thanks to last year's PAC chair, Marcia McCafferty for sending me the link to this video and to  Patrick Larkin, principal at Burlington High School in Burlington, MA for the Video of the Week idea.

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