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The Power of Mistakes

October 02, 2015

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Douglas McNeill,  Learning Resource Leader

To prepare our children for the future we, as adults, ask our children to be resilient, to seek out new challenges and to persevere. We aim for the next generation to be ambitious, confident and successful and yet we do not always utilize the most simplest of tools: mistakes.

If we make a mistake there are two possible outcomes. The first is a feeling of vulnerability and anxiety. The second is a learning opportunity to greater things. 

By focusing on the ‘What if’ rather than the ‘No’ our teachers help to foster not only the creation of an inclusive environment where our students feel empowered in their learning but a community of innovation and endless possibilities.        

Learning should be meaningful but it should also focus on the journey. For it is the tools to learning that our students need for the future, not just the knowledge. To be able to innovate and problem solve confidently is to be able to do anything we set our hearts to. As John Wooden said, “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”  

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