A while ago I shared one of my favorite books for supporting students in risk taking, Beautiful Oops. While the book focuses on the beauty that can follow artistic “oops” experiences, it also can spur discussions of successes that can follow all manner of not-so-successful efforts.
Now, the publishers of Beautiful Oops are sponsoring a “Celebrate Oops” program for educators. While some of it is a sales pitch for inviting the author to your school (wouldn’t that be fun?), there also are options for free resources. You can download an Educators’ Guide and share the “Oops Resolution”:
We celebrate mistakes in this classroom. Every oops is an opportunity to make something beautiful.
There is a blog for Oops art projects (and perhaps, in time, projects in other disciplines) and the opportunity to share your ideas, or follow #BeautifulOops on Twitter or other social media. You can also send an “old school” email to request free stickers and other classroom materials. I haven’t received mine yet so I don’t know what they include, but Free is always my favorite price.
If you have students who view errors as disasters, or are just ready for some artistic creative fun, you might want to explore the world of “Oops.” When you find something wonderful, I’d love to hear about it.