At a conference in 2010, I was first introduced to the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) model. What this framework did for me was graphically demonstrate that technology knowledge alone could not support the learning needs of my students. Rather, content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge had to be enhanced alongside technology knowledge. At the intersection of all three is found TPCK.
The TPCK framework promotes the emphasis of teaching and learning experiences with technology and not simply the use of technology. Many times, in my excitement to try new technology with students, I have forgotten the importance of sound pedagogy and content. When all three are given proper support student learning is most supported.
In their book The Other "F" Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work, John Danner and Mark Coopersmith explore the one thing every organization does -- fail. Although we all fail, it is the one thing very few teachers, administrators, even students want to address. Danner and Coopersmith suggest failure is the "one asset you and your colleagues create and pay for every day. You might as well put it to work."
As educators we will fail. Our students will see us fail and they will watch closely to see how we respond to failure. Our response to failure may be the most important education our students receive. The fear of failure that permeates education, most be eradicated. Students need to be encouraged to try, to fail, to get up and succeed.
A goal for myself, and I challenge my colleagues with the same this year, is to share our stories of struggling and failing. By asking "how did you fail?" and "what did you learn?", we can begin to encourage each other and students to not fear failure but rather embrace it.
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