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RISK TAKING "If you can see a way when everybody says there's no way - Know that you have an extra-ordinary spirit to do the impossible." Written in 2008 by Mpho Shoroma --- South Africa by Mind Map: RISK TAKING          "If you can see a way when everybody says there's no way - Know that you have an extra-ordinary spirit to do the impossible." Written in 2008 by Mpho Shoroma --- South Africa
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RISK TAKING "If you can see a way when everybody says there's no way - Know that you have an extra-ordinary spirit to do the impossible." Written in 2008 by Mpho Shoroma --- South Africa

Making choices

Identify goal

Identify ways to achieve goal

Identify possible results of choices

Implement one option

Decide if goal was achieved

Make adjustments

New ideas

Creativity

Choose activities that require creativity

Have students participate in learing experiences that encourage creative answers to problems. Encourage discussion.

Curiosity

Encourage questions

The teacher should encourage students to move beyond basic questioning towards asking "Why?"

Encourage "spontaneous inquiry"

Learning that is relevant and meaningful will spark a student's interest. If working on a project or assignment, and a student "wonders" about another idea or topic, he or she should be encouraged to investigate further.

Classroom Environment

Encourage failure

Encouraging failure means that students are not afraid to try new things. Failure is "considered a path to success" (Bretag 2008). The teacher makes it clear that not every learning experience can be easily solved, and that the answers are not always right or wrong.  

High expectations

Students are expected to achieve to the best of their ability. If mistakes are made, students are expected to move forward and continue learning. A teacher makes it clear that failures will occur, but such failures will serve to improve learning. Encourage students to "tackle challenging tasks." (NCREL & Metiri Group, 2008)

Willingness to try

Despite the perceived consequences to "going out on a limb," students are encouraged to try in their learning. Students are taught not to belittle or ridicule others' attempts at learning.

Create a "culture of innovation"

The teacher models this behavior and students have opportunities to practice being innovative. Teachers can model innovation by utilizing new strategies and methods in their instruction. The teacher will openly discuss their attempts at these new ideas, and discuss successes and failures.  At this time, it is important for the teacher to also point out what is gained and what is lost by making the attempt.  If the losses seem too costly, it is important to point out that nothing would have been achieved if no one had taken the risk.

Motivation

Encourage intrinsic motivation to learn

Encourage intrinsic rewards

Management Skills

Organization

Teach students how to remain organized so that they may focus more on the "why" and "how" of a learning experience, rather than the "where." (i.e. where is my assignment?)

Practice

Modeling