11 Experiments That Failed
by Jenny Offill & Nancy Carpenter
I can't wait to start celebrating failure with a new group of fifth graders.
I can't wait to ask them these questions as they work:
Did you have to change your plans?I can't wait to share this book with them, and talk about a character who designs and conducts completely original experiments that mostly seem sure to fail right from the outset.
Did you fail?
Did you struggle?
Did you get a new idea?
Did you cooperate?
Did you listen?
Did you share?
Did you think?
Did you solve a problem?
Did someone help your thinking along?
Connecting to the character in this book, I can't wait to share about the 15 year-old Iowa boy who is running for president, and who is the most successful independent candidate since Ross Perot. Last time I checked, there's no way a 15 year-old can be elected president.
So, why bother performing experiments that are sure to fail?
Make a point.
Get one step closer to an experiment that won't fail.
Discover something new.
Tell a story.