Learning from Mistakes

Thursday 23rd May 2019

Mistakes can be small and quickly repaired, or they can be quite major mistakes (or misjudgments), and as Rick Warren once said, “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” No one is immune from making mistakes, but when we don’t learn from our mistakes, we can form poor habits which become increasingly difficult to rectify.

As teachers, we will make mistakes and these might be in front of our students, so acknowledging these errors graciously and learning from them shows a human and humble side of our character, gaining respect. How we deal with mistakes is crucial, and supporting our learners in improving from errors made can lead to more positive outcomes.

Children who believe intelligence can grow pay more attention to and bounce back from their mistakes more effectively than kids who think intelligence is fixed, research found.

Following the online vote, this #UKEdChat session will explore issues around learning from mistakes. Join the chat on Twitter from 8pm.

The questions for this session:

  1. How good would you rate yourself in terms of admitting your mistakes in front of (a) colleagues, (b) students, and (c) family?
  2. How should teachers treat mistakes made by students – what are the main factors in helping students learn by their mistakes?
  3. Do you think your classroom has a good level of risk taking vs. mistake making? Why (not) and how could it be improved?
  4. What are the most common mistakes that you see in your subject or classroom, and how are these acknowledged?
  5. How should teachers deal with school leaders and management when they can see that they are making mistakes?
  6. How can we support pupils to coach each other when mistakes are made in their learning?
  7. What mistakes did you make in your early teaching career that you have learnt to avoid now?
  8. What are the biggest mistakes made by the teaching profession as a whole?

See the tweet archive here.

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Colin Hill - Founder, researcher and editor of ukedchat. Also a bit of a tech geek! Project management, design thinking, and metacognition.

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