Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels,
each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels,
and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).

Monday, February 16, 2015

Should Children Be Allowed to Fail?

Several weeks ago, I read an article on CNN directed toward parents asking, Is It OK to Let Your Children Fail? The author shares the story of her daughter's school project and whether or not she did the right thing by "helping".  Then she pulls in a variety of other perspectives on the subject.

It's an interesting subject, one that certainly brings out strong opinions.  One of the reasons I assigned most projects to be done in class was so that the projects were really completed by students, not parents.  However, that's not always practical.

As we continue to teach our students about grit and having a growth mindset, it's important to reinforce "failure" as a learning experience.  And we have to make sure we teach parents the same lesson.

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