Three Ways to Celebrate Mistakes
Three strategies that incorporate the idea that mistakes are important and necessary for growth and learning.
1) Start school year/class with the norm that you love and want mistakes
a) From beginning of year ask students to present mistakes so everyone can learn
b) “I love mistakes the most”
2) Don’t just praise mistakes explain why they are important - Mistakes help your brain grow
3) Give work that encourages mistakes
a) Push boundaries – keep students at edge of their understanding
b) Getting all questions right does not produce learning
Additional Resources: Video from Jo Boaler on Three Ways to Celebrate Mistakes in Class.
Subjects: Math, English / Lit., Science, Social Studies, Other
Time of year: Beginning
Class period: Anytime