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In his blog post on resisting being helpful, Dan Rockwell suggests that there are benefits to failure:
1. Struggle strengthens.
2. Failure humbles.
3. Defeat opens hearts and minds.
What I had failed to realize is that failure can teach students just as much (if not more) as success. What brought me a moment of clarity is when Rockwell states: "The simple question is, 'Will pulling back [or stepping in] aid development?'" At the end of the day, what I want is to aid in my students' cognitive, academic, and social development. There will be times when stepping in will be the way to go and times when stepping back would be better.
What are your thoughts on allowing students to fail?