Failure vs. Fear in the Classroom

A great article on “SmartBlog” regarding the way to create an environment for learning that encourages innovation, exploration, and intellectual rigor.

…Film director James Cameron once said that young filmmakers should adopt the motto “Failure is an option. Fear is not.” His point was that in order for new artistry to emerge in his field, filmmakers have to take risks and explore the potential of their medium without worrying about whether the product is successful or marketable.

The author goes to detail five principles of creating a good space for learning:

  • Celebrate process and progress over product
  • Remember students need challenge to change
  • Teach who you are
  • Model and mediate student interactions
  • Include and engage

Read the whole article for more details.

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