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"Failure Con: Learning from Failure" was presented at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) on February 5, 2015 by Eddie Mathews and Joel Adkins. The goal was to discuss with educators how failure is an important process of learning and innovation.
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What does this word make you think about?
We all know how it feels to fail. To fail in our relationships, fail in our jobs, fail in our finances. Some have dealt with failing health. All these examples are painful.
Brief video clip of famous failures
Activity and group share.
Failure is a big topic in our culture. It also appears that many people don’t see failure as an option, especially those who are driven by success and need to win at all cost.
Popular saying is in a well-known movie (perhaps it even encouraged it). Many people take this statement as a philosophy of life rather than see it as an event moment. Sure, it was extremely important that they succeed but it is a big setup if you approach life this way. The movie does offer lots of great examples of learning from failure to the point of innovation.
Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong shocked the nation but was it really a surprise? An example of when failure is not an option.
Failure is always an option. How do we know? (next slide)
Adam Savage of MythBusters wears a shirt with quote. We believe that failure is ALWAYS an option and here is why.
Failure is an event or a process, not a person or group. We will talk about this more later.
We are all familiar with this great man who experienced failure but keep trying.
We are also familiar with this great man who knew failure but didn’t let it stop him.
Dialogue to audience
Audience - what do these statements mean?
Yet, fear of failure is very real in the education system. It affects our students...
...and it affects our teachers and administrators too.
Failure is also progress and part of the process. Here’s my thinking: If a 12-year-old student gets it, so can we!
This section shares some things that allow us to learn from failing.
Video: 2006 Nike Commercial (30 sec.).
Barbara did not do well in school - made straight Ds. She had 20 different jobs by the time she was 23 year old. Four things she learned about failure.
Fail Up quote
Our challenge to you is to “Be Fearless” (8:55 ~ start at 5:01) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjjYVROiJIA
Failure Con: Learning from Failure
Learning From Failure
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• 25 years experience in non-ISD
- Chip Maker, Software Creator
- Youth/Fam Min. & Educ/Tech Dir.
• 5 years experience in ISD
- 3 yrs as Campus Tech. Coordinator
- 2 yrs as CTE Technology Teacher
• M.Ed. in Educational Technology
• 5th Year at TCEA
• 18 years in education
• Campus Technologist
• Chief Technology Officer
• Educational Tech. Coordinator
• Director of Instructional Tech
• 20th Year at TCEA
Rethinking Failure: Barbara Corcoran
Four Things Learned About Failure:
1. The best success all came on the heels
2. Failure and innovation are kissing
cousins (need both)
3. To build of a culture of innovation you
must reward efforts and not results
4. Fail well (don’t feel sorry for self, learn
to fail great)
TEDx Talk at Barnard College
Stop Trying to Drive the Train
People use the analogy of a train to describe their companies. Massive and
powerful, the train moves down the track, over mountains, and across the
plains through dense fog and darkest nights. When things go wrong, we talk
of getting “derailed”. When projects fail, we talk of “train wrecks”.
What is interesting to me is the number of people who believe that they have
the ability to drive the train and who think that this is the power position –
that driving the train is the way to shape the future. The truth is, it’s not.
Driving the train does not set its course. The real job is laying the track.
Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Disney Animation from “Creativity, Inc.”
FailForward & FailFast
Make Big Bets set audacious goals
Experiment early & often keep looking forward for new dynamics to
challenge your assumptions
Make failure matter failing teaches, learn from failure
Reach beyond your bubble innovation happens at intersections - forge
new partnerships and collaborations
Let urgency conquer fear don’t get stuck in contemplation or analysis
Fail Up Quote
“Ever tried. Ever failed.
No matter. Try again.
Fail again. Fail better.”
-- Samuel Beckett
Source: “The Single Greatest Secret of Leadership: 'Fail Up’” (article in Forbes Magazine)