Failing a Class for Good

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Think of one of your favorite classes. What’s come to mind? For some, learning certain content is memorable. For some, the classroom environment can be remembered in detail – working in groups, the nature of discussion, experiencing student-led learning. For others, a class that connects to future employment is important. And maybe, for some or possibly even many, it’s a combination of these and other parts of a class.

But, what about learning to fail? That could seem like more of a nightmare than a pleasant and important remembrance of a class. I’ve been teaching at Davidson College for over a decade and, increasingly, I hope my students learn, yes, to fail. I hope they pass my class but also that they learn to fail and grow by doing so.

Do I facilitate uncomfortable, frustrating courses? In fact, many students comment on how they enjoy the courses and approach. How? It’s important to understand what I mean by failing. Let me summarize this concept with the following image, drawn by a studio artist and math student at Davidson College.

The artist’s name is Tife Odumosu. I see his drawing as a visual —> Read More Here

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