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Andrew K. Miller
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In The Freedom to Fail, veteran educator Andrew K. Miller explains the many benefits of intentionally designing opportunities for students to "fail forward" in the classroom.
He provides a raft of strategies for ensuring that students experience small, constructive failures as a means to greater achievement, and offers practical suggestions for ensuring that constructive failure doesn't detrimentally affect students' summative assessments. He also describes how teachers, too, can benefit from failure.
Establishing a culture that embraces the freedom to fail helps students to adopt a growth mind-set, take risks in the service of greater learning, and develop realistic expectations of what it takes to succeed in the world at large.
If we deliberately let our students fail in small ways today, we can help to ensure that they'll triumph in a big way tomorrow.
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ANDREW MILLER is an educational consultant specializing in formative assessment, project-based learning, and technology integration. He has taught English, social studies, and technology in both traditional and non-traditional secondary schools and is a frequent writer for ASCD and Edutopia.
21st century learning | assessment and grading | curriculum design and lesson planning
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