The Wonders of Blunders: Building Resilience and Flexibility

The Wonders of Blunders: Building Resilience and Flexibility

Today’s students will face complex challenges and uncertainty in their futures. How can we prepare young students to become self-directed learners who know how to ask questions, solve problems, and unleash their creativity?

Developing Flexible Mindsets

For students to thrive individually and collectively, we need to equip them with the tools they need to respond resiliently and adaptively to uncertainty and adversity.

Educational systems and curriculum objectives often reflect the underlying assumptions that young children are not yet ready to develop the capacities that will eventually lead them to direct their own learning journeys.

Research and experience tell us a different story. The key lies in helping students develop flexible mindsets, which arise from periods of trial and error over searching for one “right answer.”

  • Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed., SMARTS Associate

SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum: smarts-ef.org

Research Institute for Learning and Development: researchild.org