Making Mistakes Meaningful

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failure, mistakes, student voice, TLC student ownership, TLC Critical Thinking
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element A: Teachers demonstrate knowledge about the ways in which learning takes place, including the levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

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Resource material

Diana Laufenberg shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching -- including a key insight about learning from mistakes in this Ted Talk. Coupled with a blog post from Dr. Richard Curwin, which provides 9 possible ways you can teach with mistakes, this resource will support teachers and students as they forge new territory in maintaining a positive outlook about failure. 

Resource Links


Laufenberg, D. (2010, November). How to learn? From mistakes. [Video file]. Retrieved on December 14, 2015, from

Curwin, R. (2014, October 28). It's a mistake not to use mistakes as part of the learning process. Retrieved from

Additional notes

In the Related Resources area below you will find an Edutopia page with links to many, many resources to "normalize struggle and help children view mistakes as opportunities."

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