As the movement to improve education grows stronger, so has talk of positive failure, failing forward, and encouraging teachers and students to see the benefits of their own failures.

In simple terms, failing forward is just that–progressing even if a project or idea “fails.”

Educators haven’t always felt safe failing, but more and more administrators have created safe school environments where they encourage classroom teachers to try new things. And if those new things don’t work out as anticipated, they still yield lessons.

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Students, too, are encouraged to be optimistic about failures and to use those failures as starting points for new ideas and explorations.

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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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