We All Make Mistakes...
Two weeks ago I emceed the piano recital at the Narre Warren South Campus Chapel. The students were very well drilled and practised and the performances, including the curtsy and bow, were brilliant. However, there were some mistakes. I made it very clear to our audience that “...we all make mistakes, even monkeys fall out of trees...and monkeys are professional tree climbers!” Of course that sentence came immediately after making a mistake myself as I left a student off the list and had to return to him later in the program!
Here at Heritage College we don’t want to coerce students to make deliberate mistakes, but we do realise that mistakes will be a natural aspect of student learning. Why? Because learning is about taking risks, giving new tasks or projects a go, trying a new math equation, attempting that new writing piece, learning a new song in Music or designing and redesigning in Visual Arts - all of these wonderful experiences require an element of risk. If students are afraid of making mistakes, there will be little risk, and no attempt to give learning a go, and likely, no learning taking place.
Did you know that Albert Einstein was unable to speak fluently until age 12 and was expelled from high school at age 16 for failing several subjects? It wasn’t until he reached 18 that he pursued his interest in calculus and physics, and used his unconventional mind to formulate the ground-breaking theory of relativity, and change the face of modern physics.
Did you know that all of our patriarchs and prophets in the Bible also made mistakes - and some of those mistakes were really, really bad! However, God showed unfathomable mercy and helped those icons of faith return to Him and become faithful warriors for the Kingdom of God.
So what about you? How many mistakes have you made today? What about our students - how many risks are you taking in your learning?
“A person who never made a mistake...never tried anything new” Albert Einstein
Mr Sonny Aiono