#FailureFridays: Helping Students Embrace Risk Taking and Failure

By: Joe Hirsch
from Akiba Academy

Risk Taking and Failure

Subject(s) of entry:
English/ Writing/ Language Arts, Social and Emotional Learning, Tanach

Social and Emotional Learning, UBD - understanding by design, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
4, Elementary school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Elementary school, Middle school

#FailureFridays is a class-wide program that integrated daily social and emotional learning (SEL) with curricular lessons to foster a greater appreciation for risk taking and failure. Students applied critical and creative thinking to Tanach study, engaged in daily journaling, and discussed their setbacks and successes at a weekly class meeting.

Entry Narrative

See attached document

Entrant Bio(s)

Joe Hirsch teaches students at Akiba Academy, where he also serves as the school's Lead Learning Designer. He is completing doctoral studies (Executive Ed.D) at Yeshiva University and is the author of "The Feedback Fix" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Joe lives in Dallas with his wife and four children.