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Freedom to Fail: How do I foster risk-taking and innovation in my classroom? (ASCD Arias)


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In The Freedom to Fail, veteran educator Andrew K. Miller explains the many benefits of intentionally designing opportunities for students to "fail forward" in the classroom. He provides a raft of strategies for ensuring that students experience small, constructive failures as a means to greater achievement, and offers practical suggestions for ensuring that constructive failure doesn't detrimentally affect students' summative assessments. He also describes how teachers, too, can benefit from failure.

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Components of Positive Failure

Strategies for Modeling Risk Taking, Failure, and Celebration

Failure and Assessment

Failure as an Opportunity for Teacher Growth

About the authors

Andrew Miller's career in education spans many years and a variety of roles, from classroom teacher and instructional coach, to administrator and consultant. With ASCD, he supports the school with strategic planning and professional development on a variety of topics, and engages teachers in ongoing reflection to improve instructional practice and increase student learning. He is also a member of ASCD's FIT Teaching® Cadre.

Miller is currently a Curriculum Coordinator at Ruamrudee International School in Thailand. Miller has worked in a range of contexts as a teacher and instructional coach, including a comprehensive high school and a STEM project-based learning (PBL) school, serving students of diverse needs and cultural backgrounds through culturally responsive practices.

As an education consultant and expert facilitator of professional learning, Miller has worked with teachers in the United States and abroad. He has supported schools and districts in both short and long-term implementation of programs focused on PBL, FIT Teaching, assessment, and student engagement.

Miller holds a master's degree in teaching and a bachelor's degree in classics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He also earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California.


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