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From Fearful to Flourishing

How Teaching Students

to Fail Empowers them

to Succeed

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Key takeaways

1. The Neuroscience of Failure: Why Your Brain Needs to Fail in order to Learn

2. How our current educational systems tell students failure is ok but then shows them it isn't

3. Several tactics professors and counselors use to enhance student learning through "effective failure"

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This white paper contributes to a growing movement among researchers, teachers, and university presidents to rehabilitate failure in the eyes of students, families, and other educators. As part of the broader mission at Polygence to empower students to be the best version of themselves, the following pages offer a number of important insights that students and educators alike can use to reframe their understanding of failure and leverage it to their advantage in the learning process.

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