New Podcast: Failure to Succeed

Just posted a new podcast on the idea that our kids need more opportunities to engage in “productive failure”, or “failure to succeed”. The idea is taken from the engineering design process, and it focuses on the premise that high level problem solving will lead to many failures before it achieves success. I would very much welcome your thoughts on this. Agree? Disagree? How can we give our kids greater opportunities to fail to succeed in the curriculum?


  1. Melissa Enderle

    May 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you Randy for podcasting about a very important topic. I believe that in our sincere desires to set up situations and activities with built-in success, we are denying, as you say, to give kids the very important opportunity and experience to fail. Without failures and bumps along the way, kids will not learn how to reassess, regroup, and build resiliency to do over and make the needed changes. Right now my fifth graders are engaged in exactly that process as they are learning to draw in 2point perspective – a challenging skill, especially for some of my students who are used to doing well in more free-form art.

  2. Randy Rodgers

    May 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Melissa, resiliency is a good word to use here. I had the opportunity to watch a video yesterday about a student doing a scientific drawing of a butterfly–you can see it here: Great example of what we are discussing applied in a science/art lesson.

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