Errors are not judgments. Errors are opportunities for growth.

Matthew Syed, author of Black Box Thinking, discusses that the airline industry was focused on hiding mistakes, until they started to use Black Box data as learning tools, not tools of criticism.


This is something, often, we miss with our discussions with students. Errors are not judgments. Errors are opportunities for growth.


Teaching students that, even as adults, we make errors (I personally overcommit my time-- airlines formerly never wanted to have proof of what went wrong) and the error is not a failure, the error is a cause for growth. An error is feedback. Unfortunately, kids, and teachers, both, too often, see red marks on pages as judgments, not opportunities.


Teaching students to be humble in front of both their mistakes, and victories, will grow a student’s opportunity to learn. Our teachers, and parents, then also can benefit from being humble in front of both: mistakes and victories. Both are learning experiences. In neither case, is the student's goal to achieve perception.


Within each action there is room for growth. We can teach students to accept faults in their own actions, and to leverage being humble in front of feedback for self development.


Originally published on LinkedIn.