http://www.trevormuir.com/new-blog-avenue/2017/8/17/im-so-glad-my-class-failed is an excellent, vulnerable story about a great idea that didn’t develop as planned & hoped.
Failure is an important place to enter within education. Failure is when you’ve pushed your learning just past what was possible. It announces that you’ve gone all the way to edge of where you currently are capable and had the guts to take that extra step and see where your food landed.
In MYP Design, we talk a lot about the Design Cycle. We focus on this “cycle” as it is intended to be repeated, each cycle building on the evaluation and lessons learned from the end of the previous cycle.
This is best achieved when the Creation area of the cycle is pushed as far as it can be. The creation should have elements that fail. If not the cycle ends at the final evaluation.
A favorite quote of mine – “I’ve never finished a film” – Martin Scorcese. MARTIN SCORCESE claims to have never finished a film! There sits the secret – no project is ever finished. There is always room for improvement and failure should be embraced as a successful way of displaying that a project has been pushed beyond its limits.
There is always something more to do, more to improve on, more we should have thought of in the planning. A stronger solution to have planned for and a better creation because of it all. In an ideal world, we would have forever to refine these bits a little at a time, taking the smallest risks in each cycle as we improve our design cycle. However, every project has a deadline, a consumer, a need – a project must be finished at a certain time wither we are done with it or not. If we are doing it right, we have an acceptable product for our evaluator but an unacceptable product for ourselves.
I love failure because that’s where the real lessons are. That’s where the learning is. That’s where the magic happens! The edge of where something no longer works is where the first combustion engine came to life, the first iPod booted. A million failures are happening in Virtual and Augmented Reality developments right now – grinding away to again change the world.
I’m glad Trevor Muir’s class failed too. Who we are and how we learn is not defined by if we fall, but what we observed about our projects, our classes, and ourselves right at the moment of failure. Learning from this as we get up again to inevitably fail another inch further than last time is what defines all of us as the educated and the educators.