Annual Spring Teaching Forum: Productive Failure: How an Error-Positive Climate Promotes Student Success.
Please join us for the 2019 Annual Spring Teaching Forum, an extended exploration of how productive failure can help students to build resilience and engage in critical thinking as they learn. The keynote speaker, Joshua Eyler, is the Executive Director of the Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence and author of How Humans Learn. To start the day, a faculty panel will discuss how providing low-stakes ways for students to take risks can be an effective tool for teaching and consider the role Yale's culture of success plays in our teaching. The keynote speaker will situate this discussion in the context of discoveries from the science of learning about the importance of risk-taking and "opportunities for failure." Finally, we will explore in small-group discussions what productive failure means in different disciplinary contexts. This forum for graduate students, faculty, and postdocs promises to generate lively discussion about the role of risk-taking and resilience in learning. For more information, contact Suzanne Young.
9:15 Faculty panel
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Keynote speaker
12:00 Lunch & breakout discussions
1:15 Wrap-up and final words
Joshua Eyler, Executive Director, Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence
Title: Why Failure is Essential for Student Learning:
Students are frequently asked to achieve, on their first attempts, stellar results on high-stakes, high-pressure assessments. New research is showing us that this strategy does not work well because it is not how human beings naturally learn. We need to make mistakes before we can get the right answers. In this talk, I’ll explore the research findings and we will work together to identify “opportunities for failure” in our courses so that we can help students maximize their learning.