Failing a Class for Good | Tim Chartier

February 2, 2015 6:34 PM

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Think of one of your favorite classes. What's come to mind? For some, learning certain content is memorable. For some, the classroom environment can be remembered in detail - working in groups, the nature of discussion, experiencing student-led learning. For others, a class that connects to future employment is important. And maybe, for some or possibly even many, it's a combination of these and other parts of a class.

But, what about learning to fail? That could seem like more of a nightmare than a pleasant and important remembrance of a class. I've been teaching at Davidson College for over a decade and, increasingly, I hope my students learn, yes, to fail. I hope they pass my class but also that they learn to f...

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