Failure needn’t be the F-word for teachers or learners

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11 June 2014

Why is it so hard to teach children to be creative? After all, it’s the most important skill in the workplace, says emotional intelligence expert Brent Darnell.

He shared the following insights with a group of teachers at the second South African International Emotional Intelligence Conference held in Cape Town earlier this year.

“Failure is the f-word at school. But failing is the only way we learn how to make things better,” he says.

Teachers must find ways to teach learners how to:

  • Observe
  • Break the routine
  • Expand their knowledge
  • Make comparisons
  • Play
  • Make mistakes

How can teachers impart these skills and still cover everything in their lessons? Brent says the most important principle teachers can apply is the notion of “first follower”.

“This principle demonstrates someone can only be successful with a new idea when he has his first supporter or follower,” he explains.

Watch this video explaining this principle.

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