Is WOW2 a mistake?

I needed a laugh tonight… It was great to see a slide with me and the other wow2 ladies on a presentation by Miguel Guhlin titled “making mistakes.”

Does this mean Wow2 is a mistake? Or that we are mistakes? That was the meaning we laughed about, however, he was talking about the fact that we are transparent learners and admit how much we don't know!

It is nice to get a compliment (and a HILARIOUS) photo. I think it is great to be a transparent learner. Goodness knows we have enough know it alls!

I was interested to see the notes from this session from Wes Fryer, it sounds like Miguel gave a GREAT speech.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Karyn Romeis February 6, 2008 - 12:23 pm

You gotta have a sense of humour! Once, years ago, I nearly died in a car accident and the director of the amateur dramatic society where I was a very active member, brought me a book to read while I was in hospital. It was called Great Disasters of the Stage. I asked her if she was trying to tell me something…

Miguel February 6, 2008 - 2:20 pm

You, transparent learner, you!

BTW, I did use the expression “CoolCat” yesterday, so you brought this on yourself!

Take care,

Profv February 6, 2008 - 2:38 pm

I will never understand the philosophy that teachers should not make mistakes in the classroom as we will be setting a bad example.

If students are expected to be perfect, then why have them in the classroom? Haven’t they learned everything? We need to model making mistakes, laughing at them, finding solutions to the problems they have made, moving on and learning from them. I always say when my kids come home with a failing grade: OK, what did you learn from it? Do you understand what you did wrong? I only get mad at them if they don’t understand what they did wrong and don’t bother to go to the teacher to find out or they make the mistake over and over again (my mother had what she called the three times club, three tries and then you’re in trouble–and boy were you in trouble if you became the member of the three times club!)

I think you should be honored for being role models in trying things, and showing the world that you aren’t perfect, but you keep trying. I think it then gives other teachers confidence to try things and make mistakes.

Last semester was my first real attempt at using a wiki (I tried once before, but no one could figure out how to get into the system!). It did not turn out anything like I thought it would and I thought the students hated it. On my course evaluations, the students overwhelmingly praised the use of the wiki, with some great suggestions for using it this semester. So far, in using those suggestions, my current students seem so much better prepared.

Miguel February 7, 2008 - 3:26 am

Hey! I meant it so differently than these commenters are spinning it! I held WOW2 up to the 500 folks in the audience as an example of folks willing to make mistakes and learn from them, to be transparent learners!

Keep up the GREAT work, WOW2!

Take care,

Profv February 7, 2008 - 6:37 pm

Miguel, I didn’t take it as a criticism, but rather as a positive. I thought, “finally, someone is addressing the issue that it is alright to make mistakes and learn from them.”

Miguel February 7, 2008 - 7:31 pm

Great. I was worried about that.


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Vicki A. Davis February 9, 2008 - 1:16 pm

@karyn – Yes, humor does get us through the tough times.

@miguel — You have given a great compliment. ACtually I’m going to show your slide at a presentation on Tuesday. I’d rather be a flawed, transparent learner who can actually help real teachers become better teachers (and learn from them), than a stuffy know it all who just makes teachers feel bad. I’ve sat through enough of the latter myself. I also appreciate your sense of humor and encouragement throughout the years. You are an incredible inspiration to me!

@profv – Yes, I think the process of learning and having mistakes happen is also a process of learning for us, the teacher. It is so great for students to see we make mistakes. It is also great for them to make mistakes and figure out how to solve it themselves as well. (Though sometimes they’d rather us just tell them the answer.)

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