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.
“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
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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