Culture of Success and Failure

How do you build a culture of success? In your school? In your business? I’ve been reading a lot lately on building resilience in kids, building a “culture of success” that allows students to learn to persevere or learn to “fail forward”, so to speak. I’m wondering if, as educators, we allow students the opportunities for growth that can come from failure? As a thought leader in education, do you allow employees (teachers) to “fail forward”? What about business leaders? Do they allow failure, even embrace it as a means of creativity and innovation? EL defines success and failure as:

“All students need to be successful if they are to build confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. But it is also important for students to learn from their failures, to persevere when things are hard, and to learn to turn disabilities into opportunities.” EL Design Principle

This chat focused on these questions:

1. How do you define failure?

2. Do you see failure as a necessity to learning perseverance or a hindrance to progress?

3. Do you encourage failure in your school or company as an opportunity to learn? In what ways?

4. What successes have you personally experienced as a result of failure?

The transcript for this chat is posted at Storify here.


2 thoughts on “Culture of Success and Failure”

  1. I think the greater challenge for educators is to undo unknowing parenting failures! Kids who come to school ready to take risks and try new things are better positioned to learn compared to kids whose parents have done everything for them and their child can do no wrong.

    Failure is missing what you are aiming for or not trying at all.

    Failure is a necessity to all things human on a micro and macro level.

    I have worked with my teachers to help us understand challenge and grapple in light of CCSS. Kids have responded well to the instructional moves that request students to puzzle through.

  2. Thanks for the comment, JJ. Parenting has changed much, yet, as educators we must continue to provide engaging environments that allow both success and failure in order for students to learn. Nice work on coaching your crew. Sounds like CCSS is taking hold well in Decatur. Well done!

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