In This STEM Class, Learning to Fail Means Passing With Flying Colors
Informed tries + repeated attempts = learning

STEM teachers everywhere are focusing on making sure their students are more interested in learning than they are in avoiding that big red F on individual assignments: it just might be the key to success.

According to a report U.S. Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research in September, “exposure to risk and failure in the classroom is essential for math, science, engineering and technology education, because it reflects real-world STEM career practices.

As Kate Stringer writes in The 74, “learning through mistakes gives students a better understanding of the skills needed for STEM success.”

Beyond classroom walls, applying the theory and skill students learn in the classroom means that they must be prepared to try multiple approaches in pursuit of a successful outcome.

STEM teaching that makes room for experimentation and multiple attempts helps students to learn that failing and persisting ultimately leads to success — even if they don’t get the right answer on the first try, they may find that they’re on their way to answering much bigger and more important questions.

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