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Victims of Excellence: Teaching Children to Learn from Mistakes, Parents to Allow Them

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Learning from mistakes is one of those notions that is easier said than done.  In fact, the way teachers and parents react when children make mistakes says volumes to young children and can impact them for the rest of their lives. Our guests share insights on encouraging a willingness to make mistakes and to learn from them. Hint: It starts with you.

 

 

To Read:

 

“The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom” by Alina Tugend: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/benefits-mistakes-classroom-alina-tugend

 

“Mistakes Are Wonderful Opportunities to Learn” by Jane Nelsen: http://store.positivediscipline.com/Mistakes-are-Wonderful-Opportunities-to-Learn_b_20.html

 

“The Importance of Making Mistakes: Helping Kids Learn from Failure” by Theresa Willingham: http://theresa-willingham.suite101.com/the-importance-of-making-mistakes-a38605

 

To Play:

 

When children make a mistake while playing games such as Simon Says in the traditional way, all they learn is that mistakes get them eliminated. They’re out of the fun and out of chances. Mistakes in those instances teach only painful lessons.

 

Think about it: The children who need the most help with body-part identification and listening skills are the first to be eliminated. How does that benefit them?

 

With just a bit of tweaking, children can continue to participate in the game and learn beneficial lessons. In the case of Simon Says, instead of playing the game in one large group, divide the children into two circles or lines. When a child moves without Simon’s “permission,” s/he simply goes from one circle or line to the other and continues playing. That’s a mistake with a chance to keep learning!

 

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Rae Pica has been an education consultant specializing in the development and education of the whole child, children's physical activity, and active learning since 1980. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of 19 books, including the text Experiences in Movement and Music and, most recently, What If Everybody Understood Child Development?: Straight Talk About Bettering Education and Children's Lives. Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues, Gymboree, Nike, and state health departments throughout the country. She is a member of the executive committee of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and is co-founder of BAM Radio Network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more on teaching with students at the center.

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