This morning I stumbled on a tab I had open on my web browser for ages for a Ted Talk about productive failure by Manu Kapur. Manu Kapur is a leading expert in productive failure. In Manu’s Ted Talk, these two quotes struck me:
Making learning easy does not necessarily ease learning.
If you don't learn to fail, you will fail to learn.
Mathematics & Teaching
Northern Arizona University
MAT 123: First Year Seminar
MAT 136: Calculus I
MAT 526: Combinatorics
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Flagstaff and NAU sit at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on homelands sacred to Native Americans throughout the region. The Peaks, which includes Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet), the highest point in Arizona, have religious significance to several Native American tribes. In particular, the Peaks form the Diné (Navajo) sacred mountain of the west, called Dook'o'oosłííd, which means "the summit that never melts". The Hopi name for the Peaks is Nuva'tukya'ovi, which translates to "place-of-snow-on-the-very-top". The land in the area surrounding Flagstaff is the ancestral homeland of the Hopi, Ndee/Nnēē (Western Apache), Yavapai, A:shiwi (Zuni Pueblo), and Diné (Navajo). We honor their past, present, and future generations, who have lived here for millennia and will forever call this place home.