Failing like a Rockstar!
Using the ADDIE method to successfully take risks.
After inventing the lightbulb, Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” He also made a remark on failure and risk alone, saying “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”. He took risks in order to be successful. Imagine if he gave up at first sign of failure.
Taking risks in the classroom does not mean going out on a limb, it requires planning that can be accomplished through ADDIE. Analysis, design, develop, implantation, and evaluation (always evaluate. It should really be AeDeDeIeEe). Here’s an example. You want to present material to students, and want to use web resources. You make a web-quest over the weekend. It’s designed and developed at home and works great. You implement it first period only to find the school blocked some of the sites you had access to at home. You tried something new and it failed, but that’s ok. (This is also the important lesson of having an alternative/backup plan) Just go back to the development phase, evaluate what was wrong, and improve it. It’s not a time to panic or give up, it’s how you learn and make it, and yourself, better. Even when it goes great, evaluate and ask yourself, can it be improved?. And maybe just ask students for honest feedback (yes I just said that). ADDIE puts you into the growth mindset to innovate through taking risk. Try something new, and know that it’s ok if it doesn’t work (at first), reflect and evaluate to make it better.