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Freedom to Fail: How do I foster risk-taking and innovation in my classroom? (ASCD Arias)


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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.

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Components of Positive Failure

Strategies for Modeling Risk Taking, Failure, and Celebration

Failure and Assessment

Failure as an Opportunity for Teacher Growth

About the authors

As an education consultant and member of ASCD's FIT Teaching® Cadre, Andrew Miller supports schools with strategic planning and professional development on a variety of topics, and engages teachers in ongoing reflection to improve instructional practice and increase student learning.

He is the director of Teaching and Learning at Singapore American School, supporting implementation of competency-based learning, customized pathways, and flexible learning environments. There, he also engages in long-term strategic planning and organizational change and leads comprehensive curriculum reviews to support coherence and consistency.

As an expert facilitator of personalized, authentic professional learning, Miller has supported schools and districts in short- and long-term implementation of programs focused on PBL, FIT Teaching, assessment, and student engagement. He has also been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and administrator.

Miller's publications include ASCD's Arias title Freedom to Fail: How do I foster risk-taking and innovation in my classroom? as well as numerous blogs and articles with ASCD, Edutopia, and other journals and websites.


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