Questions for ‘To really learn, fail — then fail again!’
To accompany feature: ‘To really learn, fail — then fail again!’
1. Describe a time that you attempted to do something but failed? What did the experience teach you?
2. Some people say you haven’t really learned to do something until you have taught it to someone else. Why do you think that might be true?
1. What did Thomas Edison learn through months of experiments?
2. Define Newton’s third law.
3. How does a rocket-racer demonstrate Newton’s third law?
4. Explain what “guide on the side” is and how it works.
5. What is sense-making?
6. Define “nanoparticles.”
7. What fear does Margaret Heffernan believe holds back our creativity?
1. Even if you meet with failure, why is it important to persevere?
2. Provide at least two examples from the article of how trial and error eventually led to success.
1. Emily Hogan used balloon racers. Brainstorm with a partner to come up with several additional ways of exploring Newton’s third law in the classroom. Describe what sort of “guide on the side” role you’d like your teacher to take.