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Letting students fail can build resilient, confident learners

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

Failure is a word that, in some cases, has been almost mythologized. To fail is to build resilience, with failure symbolizing an attitude that embodies change and challenge. As author Neil Gaiman once extolled in his speech at the London Book Fair in 2013: “Fail better.” And Michael Jordan told a generation in a 1997 Nike commercial, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” That school of thought — the idea of failure as the stepping stone for inner strength — is one educator and current education coach Rick Wormeli champions. However, getting students to a place where they feel not just comfortable with failing, but adept at recovering, needs to be encouraged early by the adults in a student’s life, said Wormeli by email to Education Dive. (more)

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