Allowing ‘Failure’ in the Classroom
Tim Monreal

You make some excellent points here Tim. As I read your piece I wondered about grades and how they are determined. Let’s say a student got 59 percent of the questions right on a test and received an F on a scale where 90–100=A, 80–89=B, 70–79=C, 60–69=D. In this scenario 5.9 out of 10 equals failure. Maybe the point is we need to redefine failure or use another word or phrase. What if 6 out of 10 means “Needs Improvement”? We all need to learn about what it feels like to fail. Humility is an under utilized and under valued human emotion.

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