Wrong answer. You’re out. Game over. F. You failed. You do not get a gold star. So many times, being wrong is associated with the endpoint for learning. But why? It’s not really an endpoint. It’s more of a beginning. The path to a new idea, a better thought, and improved way of thinking. When we have a truly collaborative learning environment, we not only embrace each other’s wrong ideas, we embrace our own. The next time someone openly admits, “I was wrong,” maybe we should stop seeing it as a sign of weakness, and realize that admitting your wrong? It’s built on the kind of strength necessary for authentic learning.
Thanks, Ginger Lewman, for the inspiration!