What role does Failure play in student success in a high school pottery studio?

Jan Nelson


Seminar Title


What role does Failure play in student success in a high school pottery studio?


Concept/Strategy

Focus of the Research


Failure, Engagement, Learning


Grade Level

Research Was Applied


High School


Relevant Grade Level

Connections


High School


Discipline

Where Research Was Applied


Art


Additional Discipline Areas

I see Application to


All Disciplines


Invitation/Commercial


A famous potter once said, “The first 10,000 pots are difficult, then it gets a little easier.” It sounds like a daunting task but in many ways he was right. Learning a new skill can be challenging. Pottery is both a skill and an art form. In order to master it you must practice, and with practice you will not always succeed. I grapple with how to challenge students with assessments to improve skill but also want them to have success. Failure is going to be a fact of life when learning to throw pots. I researched how students learn from failure and how to create assessments that balance the tension of being difficult yet achievable. Our discussion will be about finding ways to craft assessments that will keep students engaged and mildly frustrated. Failure is part of learning. Let us work using our experiences to discuss the benefits of failure as a learning tool.