Canton City School District
We've all been in that scenario where we hand out an assignment or start a task and you receive that response from a student of "pshhh, I'm not doing that!". The initial reaction or thought once this occurs is usually one of laziness, or possibly even anger directed towards the student.
But what if there is more to this scenario? What if that student has realized that the current system they are in judges them and has been failing them on assignments for years. Eventually the student realizes that whether they put effort in or do nothing the result is the same (a failing grade).
One thing that I realized is that this shift and this focus on learning rather than judgment allowed my students to focus on their work, try harder the first time and more importantly improve their learning. They could no longer pull the "escape hatch" of doing nothing because failure was now more difficult than success. Success meant they could move on to the next task, but failure meant they needed to do more. Furthermore, that struggle, corrective action and review helped solidify and overcome barriers that may have never been found otherwise.
This had an amazing effect on even the most difficult students. They were now trying harder than ever (the first time) and the positive results on their learning and my classroom were amazing.
So don't be afraid to let your students fail. It could be the best thing for them.
Founder and CEO of
Progressive Learning Mastery
and creator of The Grid Method