The word ‘fail’ has negative connotations for most people. Students will ‘rebrand’ the term by creating an acronym in order to create a more positive connection with the notion of ‘failing’.
Students learn to reclaim the word ‘fail’ and associate it with a more positive meaning.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- work collaboratively to create a more positive association with the word ‘fail’.
Instructions 5 min
- Write the word ‘FAIL’ on the board in capital letters.
- Explain to students that it is often seen as a negative term, but that, in fact, failure helps us to grow and learn from our mistakes.
- Now, write the word in capital letters vertically down the board: FAIL.
- Ask students to work in pairs to reclaim the word ‘fail’ by creating an acronym with the letters.
- Students are to make the acronym positive, motivating and, if possible, funny, to encourage a growth mindset.
- Ask students to feed back suggestions to the class in order to share ideas. Some suggestions include:
- Falling Also Includes Laughter
- Forever Acquiring Important Lessons
- First Action In Learning
- First Attempt Isn’t (the) Last
- Focus Attention Into Learning
- Free All Inhibitions (in) Learning.
Ask students these follow-up questions:
- Which acronym did you find the most motivating/ inspirational/positive/funny?
- Why is reclaiming the word ‘fail’ so important when encouraging a growth mindset?
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