Watching someone learn something new can be astonishing. It’s true that a beginner in any activity has a lot more to learn, so it always appears as though they make huge gains early on. But that’s not the whole story…
As a coach and a teacher, I’ve noticed that the beginners who learn the fastest are not the ones with the most “potential” or “natural talent”. Nope… They’re the ones who are allowed to fail. From their failure, they learn so much.
Beginners learn faster when they fail a lot and they learn a lot from their failure.
It took a long time for me to learn to get out of the way of my students and let them learn from their own experiences.
Is it easy? Nope… It’s hard as a teacher to watch your students do things wrong. But, the job of the teacher should not be to pick things apart and hammer in corrections. Let’s face it… your students are going to fail at some point.
A teacher’s job is to give their students the tools to flourish in the face of failure. That comes in the form of appropriate challenges and just enough information, methodology, and support to find their own solutions.
That way, when they fail and you’re not around, they can create their own best outcome.
It’s easy to let your own perfectionist qualities extend to your students. The funny thing is, as a teacher YOU also learn from watching your students fail. Sometimes it’s reinforced why a particular method doesn’t work. Other times you learn a whole new method that you could never have dreamed up on your own.
TLDR: Failure is not bad. Failure is information. Better yet… FAILURE BREEDS CREATIVITY.
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