Here are two videos on the same subject - making mistakes and the benefits. The first is more friendly for students, the second goes into more detail about the research. Although these videos talk about math, this is clearly something ALL teachers should be striving for.
Completely dissatisfied with my schools current LMS (Canvas), I jumped ship this year to Google Classroom. It has definitely been a learning curve, but overall I am finding it to work much better.
One of the things that I found I missed about Canvas was its ability to score an essay against a rubric in the same pane. About 2 essays into the year, I decided that this was a feature I could not live without, so I went hunting for a way to make this happen in either Classroom or Google Drive. It didn't take long to find Doctopus working with Goobric. This sounded like exactly what I was looking for! Not wanting to waste time reinventing the wheel, I then went searching for directions on how to install and use the two, which led me to the below video by Jen Magiera. Literally - all you need to do is watch the video and she will show you how to install and use it all, and your essay assessing troubles are behind you!
Below is an excerpt from a recent article in the L.A. Times.
This excerpt is one of many that PERFECTLY explain the significance of play in a child's life and the NEED for teachers and parents to make sure that they have the opportunity to play with reckless abandon -
"Free play — tag on the schoolyard, pickup basketball at the park, etc. — is a very complicated thing. It requires young people to negotiate rules among themselves, without the benefit of some third-party authority figure. These skills are hugely important in life. When parents or teachers short-circuit that process by constantly intervening, to stop bullying or just to make sure that everyone plays nice, Horwitz argues, we take "away a key piece of what makes it possible for free people to be peaceful, cooperative people by devising bottom-up solutions to a variety of conflicts." "
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