Why students should be allowed to make mistakes

09/6/2011 | Edutopia.org

Journalist and author Alina Tugend writes that mistakes are an important part of classroom learning. Students who fear making mistakes are afraid to be creative or try something new, and also may be afraid to raise their hand when they are unsure of the answer to a difficult question, she argues. Tugend suggests teachers embrace growth mindsets, in which students are praised for hard work, rather than just performance outcomes, to help students become more resilient and motivated learners.

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