In Praise Of Foibles

In Praise Of Foibles

The Impact of Mistakes, Failure, and Fear on Continuous Improvement in Schools

Ron Nash

Ron Nash returns with his inimitable writing style and disarming honesty to show how every teacher can take a risk to transform their classroom into what students need to be successful in the 21st century.

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Classrooms should be inviting and safe places where students can strive to achieve worthwhile goals, even as they learn that the road to improvement is not always paved; this deceptively simple guiding principle is what Ron Nash has spent four decades in education pursuing and refining. In Praise of Foibles: The Impact of Mistakes, Failure, and Fear on Continuous Improvement in Schools is the guide every teacher who has ever wanted to take a chance on improvement needs to read. You will learn the exact research-based techniques and best practices in order to:

  • Establish an environment of safety instead of fear
  • Encourage risk-taking and resilience
  • Set high expectations and achieve high engagement  
  • Let go of control and watch your students flourish

The best-selling author of Power of We: Creating Positive and Collaborative Classroom Communities (2018), Nash returns with his inimitable writing style and disarming honesty to show how every teacher can transform their classroom into what students need to be successful in the 21st century.

Product Code: BPP190001
ISBN: 9781943920570 | 02/22/19
Publisher: LSI

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I received the book today and had a hard time putting it down!!!

– Charlene Bowman, Director of Middle and High School Programs, Danville City Public Schools (VA)

In Praise of Foibles: The Impact of Mistakes, Failure, and Fear on Continuous Improvement in Schools by Ron Nash is a must read for all educators in an ever-changing educational field. Ron dives deep into long-lasting improvements every school leader needs to address to move forward. As Ron writes, “Don’t blame the people, fix the system."

– Dr. William D. Sroufe, Division Superintendent

This book brings a desperately needed perspective to the world of teaching and learning. As educators, we must do a better job of teaching students the art of struggling in a safe learning environment– as they learn what struggle looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Through this, students will learn the value and opportunity in both success and failure. The gift we can give our students is the wisdom of recognizing a struggle, embracing it and approaching it with a growth mindset rather than that of fear and defeat. This book provides reflection and opportunities for all educators to better embrace the struggle for both students and themselves.

– Jamie Vincek, Director of Staff Development, Lamar CISD, Texas

In Praise of Foibles is an inspiring and deeply compelling account that makes the indisputable case to help our students 'fail forward.' An important job of any teacher is to help students learn to embrace failure. Ron Nash contends that students learn ‘how to deal with failure by having to deal with failure.’ This is done, Nash maintains, by creating an emotionally safe school culture that promotes collaborative learning tasks, while, at the same time, championing the blessings of failure as a learning opportunity.”

– Dr. Joe Douglas, Instructional Specialist, Colonial Heights Public Schools (VA)

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