Wow, as I reflect over the past year, I find that I have missed many goals. One is obviously that I did not update Zoombla over the winter break, and another is that I have somehow left this blog absent of good thought, advice, and personal experiences. So why or why not should you continue reading . . . .
Because FAIL SPACE is important. How we educate today is so dependent upon personalized learning environments where students can create, test, fail, and make better. There is so much brain research that supports that when we struggle and rebuild we are building skills that are life long learning needs that will help is in any endeavor. Consequently, we need classrooms that support project based learning, flexible design, group collaboration, making, designing, and presenting. We need to place process over content, and we will find that students thrive, are more engaged, and take the redesign and editing phase as a game level to do better. Students actually do like to break something and then figure out how to make it better or design, test it, and fix it.
So yes, I have failed you, my readers, in many ways this past year in the sense of content predictability, and while I have been engaged in large projects such as faculty development, the online educational initiative, student orientations, two learning systems management, and course review, I have failed this blog. (or have I?) However, you must also know that in my desire to fix, rebuild, create, and maintain this blog that I have simply written this post with gusto, in a quick manner, and with total belief in the success of FAIL SPACEs for the modern learner and, of course, me.