Day 133 (of 185) mindset of letting mistakes happen
In exploring some work and writings around as an Olin college engineer said: it’s not failing, its iterating <– what about this mindset in learning?
I know I hated the editing process,and that angst continues in students – but I knew my errors of good copies would be on the final line and then I’d have to redo it…..but each time was shorter so the redo would be less painful (a side effect of the mis-understanding of what ‘rigor’ means. But with tech, adding in punctuation or making changes does not seem as much of a burden as ‘starting over’ – iterating and having different drafts (aka alpha & beta testing) is a much more supportive model and mindset.
In my principals office, I always value honesty and truthfulness – even when a bad decision is made – so that we can understand ‘why’ something happened and solve the problem. So when a girl game to my office for throwing rocks, I could’ve just assigned a consequence, but I can’t. That’s no longer my mindset. Instead by finding out why, we were able to create a different plan (re-iteration) for when a similar scenario happens again – learning from one ‘fail’ to change the end result next time….hopefully!