Then i think back to my childhood, its always been a bad thing to fail at things. We was taught that we needed to our best and do it over and over again if we failed. As i grew older i found out that it was part of our society, we have heard it so many times that we couldn’t think any different. But deep inside my head there was always a little voice telling me to do stuff other ways and it was not wrong. I failed multiple times at all kinds of stuff, mostly doing kinds of sports activities, but i learned from these failures that those sports was not my kind, why didn’t we think the same way then we was talking learning.
I was and still is a big daydreamer and my mind often wanderes miles away into another world, but that world feed my creativity and stimulates to think different. So then i came up with new ideas to do stuff, ideas that sometimes was easier than we way we were doing, i was told it was wrong and i was failing at the thing we do, but i couldn’t help wonder why my idea wasn’t any better than we was doing, because we got the same result most of the time.
Then i started my studies as a teacher i promised myself that i never would say to a student that they failed, it was a hard task but so far i kept it, it has gone so far that i now almost encourage that they should do it. I mainly teaches K1-4 grade and in that age, they are bubbling with ideas and i try to tell them; that the most important thing to do if they do it in any other way than me, is to tell me and show the rest of the class how they do it, because no way to do things is more right than another, as long as the come to the same result. By doing this that early in their education i hope they learn its okai to think outside the box, there so right or wrong, there is only do or do not (said with yoda’s voice).
Last week i was visiting a local ICT education center, they has this written on one of their windows in their main area:
It was one of those moments then i just was inspired at maximum level, if a ICT education center here in Denmark think like that, there is still hope. I’m gonna have this painted in every classroom i ever gonna get to use or every office i ever gotta work in.
I might even say i got a mantra now, this is why i love to be creative and have creative processes as my main area in my major studies.
Still thinking the old way of failure, time to get clean and think in a new way, the only result you can get is a positive one..
So let failure become a part of your learning process
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