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Maleka Donaldson

mdonaldson@smith.edu

Maleka Donaldson (mdonaldson@smith.edu) is an assistant professor, former Kindergarten teacher, and author of the book From Oops to Aha: Portraits of Learning From Mistakes in Kindergarten. For more information about her work, please visit https://malekadonaldson.com/.

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How to make the most of mistakes

By Maleka Donaldson | May 12, 2021

Learners of all ages benefit greatly from trial-and-error practice. They expand their capacities and build confidence as they learn about what works and doesn’t. Yet despite the numerous, well-documented benefits of mistakes and corrective feedback in learning (Hattie & Timperley, 2007), taking intellectual risks is too often associated with anxiety, embarrassment, and other negative emotions. […]