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Failure Con
Learning From Failure
http://goo.gl/7uaTcy #tceafearless #tcea15
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
The four letter F-word
FAIL
Defining Failure
Is Failure Funny?
Yes, when it looks like this...
Or, when it looks like this...
But not when it looks like this...
A brief failure statement
“I am a failure at _________ because I _______.”
“Failure” is a big topic in our culture
When failure is NOT an option
Let’s ask Lance Armstrong about this idea.
Interview with Oprah
Because Adam Savage says so!
Failure is always an option
But is it also choice?
Failure Thoughts
When do we first realize an experience is a
failure?
At what point is our ability to choose affected by
failure?
Failure Thoughts
Why is failure so bad?
Why do we fear failure?
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
Fear of Failure in Education
Fear of Failure in Education
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
Learning from Failing
How do you _________ failure?
use
weaponize
harness
fear
transform
learn from
2006 Nike Commercial
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
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.”
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)
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)
Be Fearless
Further study
Further Conversations
#tceafearless
#failwell
#failgreat
#failforward
#failfast
#befearless

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Failure Con: Learning from Failure

  • 1. Failure Con Learning From Failure http://goo.gl/7uaTcy #tceafearless #tcea15
  • 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. The four letter F-word FAIL
  • 6. Yes, when it looks like this...
  • 7. Or, when it looks like this...
  • 8. But not when it looks like this...
  • 9.
  • 10. A brief failure statement “I am a failure at _________ because I _______.”
  • 11. “Failure” is a big topic in our culture
  • 12.
  • 13. When failure is NOT an option Let’s ask Lance Armstrong about this idea. Interview with Oprah
  • 14.
  • 16. Failure is always an option But is it also choice?
  • 17.
  • 18.
  • 19.
  • 20. Failure Thoughts When do we first realize an experience is a failure? At what point is our ability to choose affected by failure?
  • 21. Failure Thoughts Why is failure so bad? Why do we fear failure?
  • 22. 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
  • 23. Fear of Failure in Education
  • 24. Fear of Failure in Education
  • 25. 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
  • 27. How do you _________ failure? use weaponize harness fear transform learn from
  • 29. 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
  • 30. 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.”
  • 31. 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)
  • 32. 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)

Editor's Notes

  1. Add QR code and URL to make it easier for audience to get presentation slides.
  2. Speaker background
  3. What does this word make you think about?
  4. We all know how it feels to fail. To fail in our relationships, fail in our jobs, fail in our finances. Some have dealt with failing health. All these examples are painful.
  5. Brief video clip of famous failures
  6. Activity and group share.
  7. Failure is a big topic in our culture. It also appears that many people don’t see failure as an option, especially those who are driven by success and need to win at all cost.
  8. Popular saying is in a well-known movie (perhaps it even encouraged it). Many people take this statement as a philosophy of life rather than see it as an event moment. Sure, it was extremely important that they succeed but it is a big setup if you approach life this way. The movie does offer lots of great examples of learning from failure to the point of innovation.
  9. Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong shocked the nation but was it really a surprise? An example of when failure is not an option.
  10. Failure is always an option. How do we know? (next slide)
  11. Adam Savage of MythBusters wears a shirt with quote. We believe that failure is ALWAYS an option and here is why.
  12. Failure is an event or a process, not a person or group. We will talk about this more later.
  13. We are all familiar with this great man who experienced failure but keep trying.
  14. We are also familiar with this great man who knew failure but didn’t let it stop him.
  15. Dialogue to audience
  16. Audience - what do these statements mean?
  17. Yet, fear of failure is very real in the education system. It affects our students...
  18. ...and it affects our teachers and administrators too.
  19. Failure is also progress and part of the process. Here’s my thinking: If a 12-year-old student gets it, so can we! Source: Ideas.TED.com (1/13/14) http://ideas.ted.com/2014/01/13/this-scientist-has-three-patents-pending-he-also-happens-to-be-12/
  20. This section shares some things that allow us to learn from failing.
  21. Video: 2006 Nike Commercial (30 sec.).
  22. Barbara did not do well in school - made straight Ds. She had 20 different jobs by the time she was 23 year old. Four things she learned about failure.
  23. Fail Up quote
  24. Our challenge to you is to “Be Fearless” (8:55 ~ start at 5:01) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjjYVROiJIA