Sometimes as teachers we get so bogged down in the "putting down a grade" for things that we forget the importance of the process. In process-based tasks, the steps and even the failures are almost as important as the final product. As a teacher of high school writing, I am acutely aware that if I slapped a final grade on every first draft of a paper, most students would fail. Does that mean they are poor writers? No. It means that they need time and trial/error to get their thoughts in order. Sometimes we need to put some safety nets in our classes to give students the freedom to fail. This playlist of movies refer to this as "Failing Forward." I like that. Do you have an example of students (or yourself) failing forward in a task?
Brandi Caldwell is an educator, tech integration specialist, wife to Marty- also an educator, and mother of three. Brandi spent 13 years in the high school English classroom, and now she teaches teachers how to integrate technology into their lessons.