"Let no one say that I have said nothing new: the arrangement of the material is new." Blaise Pascal

January 11, 2013 at 3:35pm

Throughout my dozen years spent teaching, I have designed some terrible assignments. Early on, I took the disastrous results of my experimentation personally. I now realize failure is just part of the job. … Happily, sometimes spectacular blunders lead to serendipitous results, and so I hope to keep failing, repeatedly, in the years to come.

— Richard E. Bond, whose recent Perspectives article offers some excellent reflections on how to use “failed” assignments as opportunities to improve teaching


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