Encourage Mistakes

Ann Gadzikowski puts this heading in bold: Encourage Mistakes

She writes: “One of the important lessons we can teach children is the value of making mistakes. Some of the most significant scientific discoveries were made by accident, such as Alexander Fleming’s 1928 discovery of penicillin when he accidentally let a strange fungus grow on his culture samples. […] children, who may already have become accustomed to always getting the ‘right’ answer in school, benefit from working with teachers who embrace mistakes as a sign of creative exploration.” (p.107)

Ref: Ann Gadzikowski (2013) Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms. Redleaf Press: St. Paul, MN; NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children): Washington


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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