I thought I'd toss out a thought I had about teaching and learning and invite your responses. I'm going to call these thoughts think-abouts. So as we do this, if you have a "think-about" share it with me and perhaps you can be a guest author on the class blog. So here goes my first "think-about".......
Once you enter your classrooms, if you are trying new things, you can expect to have lots of learning experiences.There is much to learn! You are starting out knowing very little about how each student thinks and learns. The odds are that you won't successfully hit every student's communication and learning strategy the first time so not all your results will be successful. Don't view these experiences as failures. View them as feedback.You can say, "Wow! I sure learned how not to do it that time!" or "Hey, I really didn't do that so well so what can I learn from this experience?" You can re-think the meaning of the word failure, and replace it with the word lesson or gift.
So remember: There are no failures in learning : only outcomes and feedback.
Feedback is critical to successful teaching.
What are your thoughts?