Improve your teaching: Fail better

“Your best teacher is your last mistake”

“Failure is a process…you have to fail over and over again to get anything worthwhile" Jules Feiffer

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better" Beckett
My blogpost on why this is important "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better"

Nice poster with instruction to make mistakes


Nice poster encouraging students that failure is a part of the process Currently on my classroom door. Courtesy of twitter.
"If you've never failed, you've never tried anything new" Poster
The Value of Failure Because the journey is often more important then the end result. From
Smiling As My Students Fail or "I love the smell of failure in the morning". Blogpost from
Children may perform better in school and feel more confident about themselves if they are told that failure is a normal part of learning, Paper from the American Psychological Association
Let's call it positive failure By Alastair Arnott in
“Making mistakes is a part of problem solving, but grading is incompatible with real problem-solving because it penalizes students for making mistakes …. It makes students risk averse.” Physics professor Eric Mazur
Recovery from mistakes See point no.2 on the page for some nice ideas on promoting mistakes (have a competition to see who can make the biggest mistake). Fantastic idea
Fail better is very much connected to the related concept of 'grit' From MindShift