Failure = Success

Reading this article Celebrating Failure has got me thinking about how some students use failure as a means to be successful.  Many students enjoy playing video games and learning how to beat each level of a game.    With each try they are either succeed or fail.  While this may be clear cut what both terms mean they are actually both positive.  Obviously, to succeed means to beat the level, but failure means that the student has discovered one way that doesn’t work and the gamer has to make the appropriate changes to figure out a way that is successful.

Maybe we should celebrate the process students go through to find the answer instead of just the answer itself.  This is done in Math a lot when students show work, so why can’t it be done in other subjects?


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