Helping Students Fail Forward

Author and speaker John Maxwell has written a number of books about success. One of my favorites is Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for Success. In the book, Maxwell shares stories of a number of prominent people who experienced significant failures and then moved on from those failures in dramatic, positive ways.  In … Continue reading Helping Students Fail Forward

Practice (With Feedback) Makes Improvement

I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “Practice makes perfect.”  While it rolls nicely off the tongue, it is not completely true.  I learned this when I had to take piano lessons in college as a music major.  For the 10 years prior to my matriculation into the university, I had played piano by ear … Continue reading Practice (With Feedback) Makes Improvement

Providing Students Meaningful Feedback

Instructional feedback for students is essential to their growth, and instructional feedback has been extensively researched over the past several decades.  On giant in that research field is Grant Wiggins.  In his article Seven Keys to Effective Feedback (, Wiggins shares that instructional feedback should be: Goal-referenced – Tasks must be clearly defined and goals … Continue reading Providing Students Meaningful Feedback