Mistakes are not welcomed here!

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Today in edutopiaDr. Richard Curwin speaks to the lack of inherent worth we as educators place on mistakes and most importantly the process of remedying mistakes. In his article It’s a Mistake Not to Use Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process, he reflects on how he has learned more from his own mistakes than successes. I whole heartedly agree as personally, not only have I learned more from my own failures (when I have had to pick up the pieces and identify specifically what, when or where I went wrong) but, from others and their behaviors or practices.  As an administrator and coach, I have learned so much from observing poor practices (please do not misunderstand, I see awesome practices as well, often).  Most importantly, I take these learnings, internalize them and share with others...so we can all benefit! We are preparing our students for jobs that have yet to be created, and for careers yet to be imagined. Carol Dweck has long identified the "growth mindset" as one that allows our children to rely on effort and grit, not natural talent for success. Understanding that working hard through the process of learning is more valuable than having the right answers will take us much farther. Our students need to have the confidence to take risks, learn from their mistakes, and not fear failure. The only way to create that mindset is to encourage risks, and a mentality that to fail is the first attempt in learning.