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Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

You're speaking my language

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You're speaking my language -- Dewey, Daniel Pink, Seth Godin!

I think too many people have this fixed idea of being perfect -- making your students strive to be perfect, even being a perfect teacher. When you get to this perfect state, what do you do? The truth is, people that tend to get the term "perfect" surrounding them are people that constantly work hard ALL OF THE TIME and they fail, or as Clay Shirky says, "fail forward," a lot. They have perseverance and know that they can always improve what they're doing. Been thinking of doing a blog post about this for a while -- thanks for the inspiration!

High School Home Economics Teacher

Excellent post. Students must

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Excellent post. Students must be able to learn from wrong doing and grow from there.

Communications & Instruction at EdTechTeacher

Great post, and incredibly

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Great post, and incredibly timely as I just saw Michelle Cordy's "Epic Fail" EduSlam - http://eduslam.me/2013/08/03/epic-fail/

When teaching in a computer lab, and now in professional development workshops, one of the challenges is always teaching how to overcome mistakes.

This is an excellent post for framing conversations going forward. Thank you!

I was taken a back just by

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I was taken a back just by reading the title of the blog, however after reading the content I quickly changed my perception of what I initially thought the title meant.

I truly agree that students learn from their mistakes. If they did nothing wrong then they would not have been corrected and steered onto the right path. Sometimes as teachers we do not allow room for mistakes because we believe that students must be perfect and that if students make mistakes then it is a reflection of our incompetence.

The good book tells us that Christ did not come for the righteous, but for the unrighteous and that persons who are well need not a physician, therefore, as teachers we do not exist to train and teach those who already know, but those who need to know.

So, let us be cognizant of the fact that we hold in our hands each day a lump of clay and within the clay there may be stones and sticks as well as other objects that will not be removed unless we remove them as we mold the clay into a beautiful piece of pottery.

I absolutely agree with

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I absolutely agree with allowing students to reflect on their wrongdoing. It is my opinion that students must learn from their mistakes, not by repeating them, but by thinking about what it was that they did wrong. It will also help them grow as individuals and become productive members of society.

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