findings in failings
What about findings in failings?
This is huge.
I swear – these kids are nobel peace prize worthy for their efforts to make a difference via redefining public ed. Living on the edge, trying out new things.. isn’t always easy.
Here’s Gus, helping us through it:
I find it interesting – that with this title.. the slidedeck above was one of the least viewed.
Findings in failings – isn’t that what it’s all about?
Not a focus on a failure.. but a – oh – that’s what happens… cool.. so let’s try this.
One of the results stemming from – findings in failures – was this page: the it is me.
Being less hung up on end products, on finishing things (as if we ever could), and more focused on – what didn’t work, so we can learn from it.
It’s like – all these (assumed) failings are the little/big (assumed) messes in a Thomas Edison – ish space. no? The unassuming and often unsightly trail to greatness.
Here’s our brief lowdown (see *updated version here 2008 to present and findings abstract here):
And here are 3 powerful pages from the deck above:
guardian article on learning from failure
recent post on the failures of Sugata Mitra’s work.
avoid the vagaries of child-centred behaviour.
it’s a trail of finding outs…
*sept 2014 – restating findings as problem found:
0 – (the situation yr
) – people are stressed
(ie: waiting for 3\5pm, the weekend)
1 – (pilot math yr
) – content imposed
(ie: pre ap alg 2 – aka school math = essential)
2 – (own curriculum yr
) – timeframe assumed
(ie: ok – so pick your own topic – but you’re held to it for 1 yr – aka potential whimsy/curiosity killer)
3 – (follow your whimsy yr
) – community deprived
(ie: free individual – yes – but then he/she craves their tribe. currently – not enough people set free for serendipity to work)
4 – (in the city yr
) – focus blurred
(ie: most of us are beholden to and/or blinded from – the too much
policy/myth – aka: consumerism/competition/work = life, blurs the equity/systemic vision)
5 – (still yr
/s) – mechanism lacking
(ie: listening to/for and mapping of systemic mechanism elements)
– – –
(what have you been doing – what’s next)