How Do You Support Risk-Taking in Your Class?

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Art of Apex Portal

Many educators agree that risk-taking is a quality that they want to encourage in their classrooms, but it may be difficult to support it in the classroom.  We may tell students that they can learn from making mistakes, but who wants to make a mistake if they’re being graded?  The notion of working for high grades can work against those who need to learn through experience.

Katherine Douglas, Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands joined me for an Art Chat earlier this week to discuss the Art of Apex Portal.  A lot of time and effort has resulted in a well-constructed site that encourages independence and creativity in the art room.

“You have to find a way to truly support standing on the edge and taking a risk”  ~ Katherine Douglas

If I was a student at Apex, I know that I would feel comfortable taking risks and trying new ideas.  I know that I would want to see how far I could push my limits because I’ve been provided with a failure-safe way to learn what I want to learn.




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3 Responses to How Do You Support Risk-Taking in Your Class?

  1. bgrasley says:

    Thanks for recording the conversation, Colleen. You art teachers are always inspiring – I might have to record some Hangouts too!

    • colleenkr says:

      I’m so thankful for having the opportunity to record our conversations, because I can revisit what we’ve chatted about again & again. We learn so much from each other, and it leaks into our classrooms, which is the ultimate goal. Talk about great PD!

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