Helping students troubleshoot their errors like this should be a primary role of every teacher. There’s nothing to troubleshoot, though, if kids never run into trouble. Lesson planning should thus be more about anticipating students’ errors and preparing to help them learn from those errors than trying to develop presentations that prevent all errors. Provide students activities that involve applying information, and be ready to help them when they get tripped up.~David Ginsberg, in this post
This weekend quote applies to education, although not directly attributable to an educational theorist. It is a quote from Fred Astaire, a dance savant and extraordinary performance artist.
Fred Astaire said: “The higher up you go, the more mistakes you are allowed.
Right at the top, if you make enough of them, it’s considered to be your style.”
Today would have been Astaire’s 115th birthday. When he auditioned for his first film the director wrote in the daily notes, “Can’t act, can’t sing. Balding. Can dance a little.” Astaire would perform in over 50 movies.