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Failure Con: Learning from Failure

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"Failure Con: Learning from Failure" was presented at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) on February 5, 2015 by Eddie Mathews and Joel Adkins. The goal was to discuss with educators how failure is an important process of learning and innovation.

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Failure Con: Learning from Failure

  1. 1. Failure Con Learning From Failure http://goo.gl/7uaTcy #tceafearless #tcea15
  2. 2. Your Speakers Eddie Mathews Kerrville ISD @egmathews • 25 years experience in non-ISD - Chip Maker, Software Creator - Youth/Fam Min. & Educ/Tech Dir. • 5 years experience in ISD - 3 yrs as Campus Tech. Coordinator - 2 yrs as CTE Technology Teacher • M.Ed. in Educational Technology • 5th Year at TCEA Joel Adkins Crandall ISD @mradkins • 18 years in education • Teacher • Campus Technologist • Chief Technology Officer • Educational Tech. Coordinator • Director of Instructional Tech • 20th Year at TCEA
  3. 3. The four letter F-word FAIL
  4. 4. Defining Failure
  5. 5. Is Failure Funny?
  6. 6. Yes, when it looks like this...
  7. 7. Or, when it looks like this...
  8. 8. But not when it looks like this...
  9. 9. A brief failure statement “I am a failure at _________ because I _______.”
  10. 10. “Failure” is a big topic in our culture
  11. 11. When failure is NOT an option Let’s ask Lance Armstrong about this idea. Interview with Oprah
  12. 12. Because Adam Savage says so!
  13. 13. Failure is always an option But is it also choice?
  14. 14. Failure Thoughts When do we first realize an experience is a failure? At what point is our ability to choose affected by failure?
  15. 15. Failure Thoughts Why is failure so bad? Why do we fear failure?
  16. 16. Why is failure so bad? “The pioneers take the arrows” “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose” - Bill Gates
  17. 17. Fear of Failure in Education
  18. 18. Fear of Failure in Education
  19. 19. TED Quote from 12-Year-Old Student “Failure is progress and a normal part of the process. Whether it’s science or life, you have to start, fail, and just keep pushing.” -- Peyton Robertson
  20. 20. Learning from Failing
  21. 21. How do you _________ failure? use weaponize harness fear transform learn from
  22. 22. 2006 Nike Commercial
  23. 23. Rethinking Failure: Barbara Corcoran Four Things Learned About Failure: 1. The best success all came on the heels of failure 2. Failure and innovation are kissing cousins (need both) 3. To build of a culture of innovation you must reward efforts and not results 4. Fail well (don’t feel sorry for self, learn to fail great) TEDx Talk at Barnard College http://youtu.be/kU1DI8HsYAg Time: 14:35
  24. 24. Stop Trying to Drive the Train People use the analogy of a train to describe their companies. Massive and powerful, the train moves down the track, over mountains, and across the plains through dense fog and darkest nights. When things go wrong, we talk of getting “derailed”. When projects fail, we talk of “train wrecks”. What is interesting to me is the number of people who believe that they have the ability to drive the train and who think that this is the power position – that driving the train is the way to shape the future. The truth is, it’s not. Driving the train does not set its course. The real job is laying the track. Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Disney Animation from “Creativity, Inc.”
  25. 25. FailForward & FailFast #befearless @jeancase http://casefoundation.org/befearless/ Make Big Bets set audacious goals Experiment early & often keep looking forward for new dynamics to challenge your assumptions Make failure matter failing teaches, learn from failure Reach beyond your bubble innovation happens at intersections - forge new partnerships and collaborations Let urgency conquer fear don’t get stuck in contemplation or analysis (replaces action)
  26. 26. Fail Up Quote “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -- Samuel Beckett Source: “The Single Greatest Secret of Leadership: 'Fail Up’” (article in Forbes Magazine)
  27. 27. Be Fearless
  28. 28. Further study
  29. 29. Further Conversations #tceafearless #failwell #failgreat #failforward #failfast #befearless

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