Changing our view of ‘mistakes’ encouraging risk taking
Developing an attitude towards seeing mistakes as genuine learning opportunities can only happen when students are not punished, or feel like mistakes will negatively impact their lives and future.
One helpful step is to employ positive marking (rewarding for what they CAN do) rather than negative marking (deducting points for what the CANNOT do).
We could even go one-step further and set tasks where mistakes will be inevitable so to work with and defuse the fear of mistakes. This doesn’t mean we accept mediocrity.