Not Learning From Failure—the Greatest Failure of All is the title of a study that just came out.
It was designed to investigate whether we learn more from our failures or successes. It seems to me, though, that outside of bizarre world of failed Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, most of already know we learn more from our successes.
The important issue when it comes to failures, though, is how we respond to them when they occur – and they, of course, will happen.
It’s not unusual for many of us to say we sometimes learn more from our failures than our successes. I don’t really think it’s that important if it’s true or not. It seems to me that it’s a healthy stance to take, and one that enhances our resilience to bounce-back from missteps.
I think the most important finding that teachers can take away from this study is the importance of emphasizing positive feedback and reinforcement.
I still remember last year when I went up to a student, gave back her test, and told her she got two wrong. Her response? “But I got eight right.”
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