Making Mistakes Can Be Good for Kids – Teacher’s Corner

Teacher’s Corner
Writing Prompts and Discussion Topics on the subject of making mistakes.
Have your students think, pair, and share verbally or have them write their responses to the following prompts.
Consider the quotes below (in green).
  1. Select a quote and rewrite it in your own words.
  2. Select a second quote and explain what it means.
  3. Select a third quote that you think could be helpful to students your age and explain why you selected it. Include when and how it could be helpful.
“You can only go forward by making mistakes.”     Alexander McQueen, Fashion Designer
“I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”      Jack Welch, Business Executive
“Mistakes are merely steps up the ladder.”      Paul J. Meyer, Author
“There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake.”      Robert Fripp, Musician
“I love mistakes because it’s the only way you learn.”      Jane Fonda, Actress
Read more about making mistakes at Kids Need to DO Things, Part 1.
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
  1. For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
  • Use the blog for discussion topics
  • Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.

2.  For all courses, especially English Language Arts:

  • Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
    • Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
    • Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
    • What would be your advice on this topic?
    • What was left out of this article?
    • If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
  • Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
  • Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
  • The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.

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