“Fail, fail again and fail better,”-Pema Chodron
Why do teachers and educators need to take this workshop?
Because mistakes happen and shifting the paradigm is an important process for you and your students:
- Stop any underlying shame and humiliation surrounding failure
- Reinterpret how you and your students handle disappointment
- Create an honest and open relationship with your students
- Open up to alternative ideas and options for presenting your information
- Surrender the illusion of perfection and be more present
- Learn to use failure as a launch pad for discussions and insight
- Take a risk
How to Address the Elephant in the Room
Failures can be small and failures can be big, but the biggest failure is not to learn from them. Unfortunately, our system is based on the premise “don’t fail” so all those gems of learning are lost opportunities. And failure remains the elephant in your classroom. This workshop encourages teachers and educators to embrace failure as a healthy and necessary part of learning and personal growth.
When students can’t get their head around a concept or grasp a subject, wouldn’t it be great if they said, “Yes, I don’t get it” so real learning can begin? It sounds counter-intuitive. However, if your students respond this way, they are having an authentic response and you’ve opened the door for learning to take place. From there, you and your students can figure out how to move forward because it creates an opportunity and not the end.
Why am I teaching about failure?
It was through teaching a college history class and acting class that I observed how self-conscious my students and I became when we messed up. How “wrong” we may feel when we “don’t get it.” Well, we all make mistakes at some point and wouldn’t it be better to learn skills and laugh at it? To introduce yourself to the elephant in the room?! I developed this hands-on, participatory workshop to engage that elephant and turn the negativity of mistakes into brilliant learning. Responding to failure with an enthusiastic “Yahoo!” can only create a stronger classroom experience and a dynamic of learning and respect.
Hey! Even if you are not a teacher or educator, do you think that learning this skill around failure could help your business innovate? Do you think that the skill of celebrating failure could turn your practice around for your employees? Do you find that you yourself are really hard on yourself regarding a presentation you gave to clients?
We offer a free 1/2 hour consultation to investigate what your desires are in the realm of presentation/public speaking skills, an ease in front of an audience, or using simple yet effective improvisation with your office team.