Education reform? Watch Diana Laufenberg explain why we need reform

Diana discusses a variety of her experiences as a teacher in the K-12 system and encourages all teachers to stop worrying about information delivery and instead to focus education on application of knowledge (real experiential learning), listening compassionately to students and hearing what they are trying to do, and encouraging and embracing failure. That last point is critical – don’t panic when students get something wrong, in fact encourage students to take risks and fail, that’s how they learn. Too often we see students afraid to respond with the wrong answers. Maybe we shouldn’t be asking questions that have one, right answer in public forums (i.e. classrooms), instead ask questions that everyone’s response is valid. How do you encourage risk taking and wrong answers in your teaching?

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