Errors, mistakes, and failure often act as triggers for fixed mindsets. Once students begin to fail, their insecurities and fears take over. Thoughts like "I'm just not smart", or "I'll never be able to do this" overwhelm the experience, and the learning process shuts down.
But what if we embraced mistakes? After all, we have countless examples of our most successful athletes, scientists, and businesspeople failing over and over on the way to succeeding. What if, instead of trying to hide our failures, we made them public, and emphasized their potential to help us become better?