Precision Teaching (PT) has a positive view about making errors: the right to FAIL

“You never make an error. You were doing what the laws of behavior are predicting you would do under those contingencies. An error is a faulty contingency; it is not something in you.” – (Julie Vargas 12/7/12. Invited Address: IPTC 2012) Interestingly, at the recent Teaching & Learning Conference we held here at Bangor, I heard the keynote from Steve Wheeler. He gave an interesting account of the word FAIL. He compared it to:

  • First
  • Attempt
  • In
  • Learning

Tremendous way to look at learning, especially for children:-)

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One thought on “Precision Teaching (PT) has a positive view about making errors: the right to FAIL”

  1. Yes, errors tell us so much. If we see a pattern, then the error really means the person learned to do something in a particular way different from the way we want. Or if the error appears random, that says the learner is not under stimulus control at all. Either way, we need to pay attention to it and then use that information to our advantage. Most people I see treat errors as something we need to get rid of and just focus on increasing corrects.

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