Monday, March 5, 2012

Why Don’t We Write About Our Failures as Teachers?

Certainly we learn from our mistakes, as do our colleagues. Isn’t that what we tell our students? offers a number of Twitter responses to the question. I am reprinting a few:

It's such a dicey subject. I've written abt teaching failures often. And as often get severely criticized.

We have a competitive culture of "show no weakness," and it impedes our progress. Who disarms first?

I think some have already started but it's this huge assessment push to ct "success" that's undoing

My fav was the criticism that I'd be a better teacher if I spent less time blogging/advocating/etc.

We don't use "failure" but certainly things that didn't go well/as planned.

The best teachers risk spectacular failure.


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What counts as a failure? A student evaluation that claims someone's teaching is horrific because the student complains he "had to teach myself"? Neglecting to cover changes in the law of which students are unaware, letting their delight in hearing war stories obscure the inadequacies of the course coverage? Does it make sense to let the person teaching the course measure the students' success? What would happen to the measurement of teaching failure if students in a particular course were examined by someone in practice or someone on a law faculty at another school?

Posted by: Jim Maule | Mar 6, 2012 6:17:25 AM

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