Feb 21, 2011
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Little BIG Thing #2: Celebrate Being Wrong

In school, we love to celebrate.  Holidays, aberrations in the weather, sporting events, art displays, we celebrate with all our might.  On most days, I think we celebrate too much.  I think we focus too often on rewards, thinking the celebration of mediocrity is a good way of motivating our students.

However, there is one place we must remember to celebrate.  When students are wrong.  We don’t do it.

But we need too.

By celebrating, students when they are wrong we are building up capacity for making mistakes.  We are building our acceptance and tolerance of being wrong.

By engaging in wrong conversations, we help our students understand the power of error.  That learning needs errors.  That being wrong shows that you are in the process of learning.

Being wrong exists in the realm of creativity.

Being wrong exists in the realm of innovation.

Being wrong is original thought.

When we get rid of the fear of failure, we get rid of the fear of learning.

So, tomorrow, when a student tries something new and is gloriously wrong, celebrate it.

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