Learning to Fail with Style and Grace
Kids are taught that one of their primary goals in life is to avoid making mistakes. But failure is a fact of life, and some kinds of failure are good. Failure is also integral to creative problem solving and key in achieving any kind of real success as an adult. Our focus is to discuss how to redirect our education in order to teach kids to feel confident about failure and to perceive it as both temporary and a normal part of the learning experience.
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- Define good and bad kinds of failure. Failure vs negligence. Negligence is a punishable offense. Failure is an outcome. Put the effort in and learn from the back end.
- Discuss the important role of failure in creative processes and offer potential solutions for teaching creative problem solving with an eye on the benefits of failure.
- Offer specific recommendations to help kids (and their parents) learn how to "fail well."
Sarah Bush, Artist and Creativity Consultant, Jackson Street Studios