The 8-Bit Instructor: Failure IS an Option (EP010)

EP042 Reflections on a Crazy Year The Educator's Quest

It's the final episode of the first season! I do some reflecting on this past year and the things I've learned as well as things that will hopefully continue on after things go back to "normal".
  1. EP042 Reflections on a Crazy Year
  2. EP041 Gamification with Michael Matera
  3. EP040 Summer PL
  4. EP039 What Marvel Strike Force Taught Me About Collaboration
  5. EP038 Digital Escape Rooms with Karly Moura

Episode 10

This week, we look at how failure can be beneficial in your classroom. A time-saving keyboard shortcut in the treasure chest. Plus, this week’s question of the week.

News & updates

  • Nothing really going on this week

Treasure Chest: Duplicate

  • Use Ctrl(Cmd)+D to duplicate objects in Google Slides and Google Drawings

Boss Battle: Failure IS an Option

  • Failure is our greatest teacher
  • Implement a growth mindset culture
  • Utilize failure effectively in class
    • Set up the culture and know that it is a process that will take time to adjust to
    • Alleviate this stress of “perfection”
    • Don’t tie “failure” into grades
    • Get students to stop and reflect on their learning
    • Use failure to challenge students more and enable them to take more risks in their work

Crew Members’ Board (#8BitCrew)

QOTW: How are you implementing failure and error in class to help your students learn?

Use the #8BitCrew on Twitter or post longer stories in the comments section here.

Get connected

Check out my Google Classroom Udemy course.


Music by David Fesliyan (

  • Intro/Outro: “Retro Platforming”
  • Boss Battle: “Boss Battle Rock”
  • Crew Member’s Board: “Pirate Dance”
  • Wrap up: “Game Over” by Patrick de Arteaga

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