Risk-Taking and Failure: A Greenhouse for Learning

By: Allison Oakes
from Sandra E. Lerner Jewish Community Day School

Risk Taking and Failure

Subject(s) of entry:
Art, Ivrit, Literature, Science, Environmental Curriculum (integrated into general and Jewish Studies and Hebrew), Environmental Curriculum

PBL - project based learning, 21st Century Skills

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Elementary school, Middle school

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Elementary school, Middle school, High school

A cautionary tale of the lure of innovative educational opportunities that not only engage and inspire, but also exemplify our Jewish values and how to best integrate into existing school culture to ensure acceptance and longevity. Our effort led to the near loss of a signature program. The risk was well worth it, the failure a challenge, and the ensuing lessons, invaluable for the program and our school.

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