In the good ole grading scale system the range from 0-59% represents failure. All other ranges are increased at a rate of 10%; as such the greatest learning gains for students is in the "F-Range." It's our task to eliminate the connotation that failure is a bad thing. Rather it's a natural thing.
Utilization of formative assessments frequently can and will bridge mistakes with victories. Take time to conference with students and discuss learning with them in small groups or one-on-one. Have students collaborate with classmates and learn together. The best, most abundant and inexpensive student resource available are the people around us.
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Another mission that must be grasped is uncovering failure. Lets show it for what it is -- it's not success and it's okay. Students are resilient and can handle falling down. When we help students confront the fact that they made a mistake, wrote down a wrong answer or flunked a test we're supporting them to find the path towards meeting their accomplishment.
Lets not sugar coat or cover up failure. Make it an educational mission to address what's an obstacle and direct students toward success. When we help students to embrace failure is when we begin to assist them towards their own mastery of learning.
Are we Teachers or Learning Inspirationalists? Failure is the key component to Success. By emphasizing the fact that to fail is simply an act of learning will change the mindset of our students. As educators we're tasked daily with the opportunity to uplift every student after they fail; let's embrace the positive not the negative perspective of what failing really is -- it's the beginning not the end of learning.