In “10 Questions for Allan,” Allan Adams is asked how often he makes mistakes. His response is “daily.” Although most adults would not be surprised at such an answer, most of my young students would likely be confused as to how someone who is so smart and successful could make so many mistakes. In their worlds, making mistakes equates to not being smart. It’s so important for me to try to reshape my students’ view of failure, success, and the value of learning through making mistakes.
Students would be interested to learn that many mistakes lead to not only further learning, but also inventions: