Mistakes in the classroom

"In social psychology, the pratfall effect is the tendency for attractiveness to increase or decrease after an individual makes a mistake, depending on the individual's perceived competence, or ability to perform well in a general sense. A perceived competent individual would be, on average, more likable after committing a blunder, while the opposite would occur if a perceived average person makes a mistake."


When we believe in our students, they become confident. When they are already confident, then their mistakes can make them more attractive to their classmates, themselves and their teachers.

I believe that there could be a whole new study of the psychology of mistakes and learning - most definitely, a whole new article;)

Thinking challenge For Teachers

What can YOU do to channel mistakes for further creativity, further confidence-building, inspiring social cohesion in the classroom, and deeper learning outcomes?

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