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ASCD Author: Andrew Miller – Helping Students to Fail Forward

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ndrew Miller, ASCD Faculty member and author, sat down with Dr. Rod Berger to discuss his work with educators here in the U.S. and abroad.

Miller is a member of ASCD’s FIT TeachingTM Cadre and the leader of ASCD’s ELA CCSS Virtual Learning Network. Miller blogs regularly on student engagement, formative assessment, the Common Core State Standards, project-based learning, and technology integration. His writing is both practical and provocative and can be read regularly at ASCD and Edutopia.

Miller’s career in education spans many years and a variety of roles, from classroom teacher to instructional coach to education consultant. He has taught in a range of contexts, including a comprehensive high school and a STEM project-based learning (PBL) school, both in Washington State. Freedom to Fail

He designed and implemented PBL projects in a 1:1 environment where he aligned technology to instructional practices in assessment, STEM, and 21st century skills. He then moved into a virtual teaching role where he leveraged blended learning best practices to engage students.

Miller has presented for ISTE, the National Council for Teachers of English, ASCD, the National Association of Multicultural Education, iNACOL’s Virtual Schools Symposium, and the International Reading Association.

Freedom to Fail: How do I foster risk-taking and innovation in my classroom?

Miller provides a raft of strategies for ensuring that students experience small, constructive failures as a means to greater achievement, and offers practical suggestions for ensuring that constructive failure doesn’t detrimentally affect students’ summative assessments. He also describes how teachers, too, can benefit from failure.

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