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*This lesson coincides with section 9, to err is wrong, from A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger von Oech.
Lesson written by: Trish Wold and Ashleigh Potter
Grade level range: K-12
Length of time to teach lesson: 15-20 minutes
Overview of lesson: Stepping stone to a new idea! Making mistakes is a stepping stone to a new idea. If you don’t fail, you may not try a new approach or go in a different direction that could be better. We learn from mistakes. Success leads us into a pattern, over-confident or arrogance and may create bigger problems. A miss can be a hit! We have been taught that right answers are good and mistakes/errors are bad. This is our typical mindset in our schools. We emphasis being right. We need to learn to fail intelligently and learn from it.
Objective (Learning target) of this lesson: It’s okay to make mistakes and we learn from making them.
Step-by-step teaching instructions for the lesson:
Choose a card/task:
1) Draw a beautiful picture…from a scribble (a mistake)
2) Play 20 questions
3) Play Simon Says
5) Find the mistake (Highlights website)
6) Hidden Picture – find the pictures hidden in a picture
Assessment: Students complete this rubric after the lesson. It is meant as a self-assessment.
Special Notes from the creator of this lesson: Activities can be easily changed. Teachers can make mistakes on purpose and share that with the students. Oops, I made a mistake.