".... As students face challenges, failure is not only an ongoing event, it is neccessary. When you start from scratch, never having experienced working with robots, you learn by doing. There is no one 'Right Way'- there is only finding your way to a solution that hopefully works. If not- can you describe the specific problem and suggest some kind of possible solution? This is the working model of how we teach. Playing with ideas without dread of failure opens up the way. And so, when failure is necessary, and not to be taken personally, something wonderful happens. Kids start to have fun.
As described in the Times article, one student said that to be good, the fun had to be "hard fun". In other words, not too easy, not too hard.
At times, our classes may seem somewhat disorderly. Students are seen running about, building different versions of projects, customizing their creations in different ways, arguing over their designs. Yet this very disorder, within limits, is essential if students are to take ownership of their work.
As Daniel Pink, in his book Drive, on human motivation ,writes, "...the secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world...."
This is our job as teachers: to support your children's natural sense of curiosity and the basic human drive for competency..."
- Margaret Burns, Back-to-School-Night Reflection