Lessons from Failure – an #ELTchat Blog Challenge

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 18:29 | Filled in Challenge


At IATEFL Liverpool this year, there was special session where presenters were invited to come along and speak about the times in their life when things hadn’t gone as well as expected. The aim of the evening, as described on the IATEFL website was as follows:

This IATEFL Failure Fest will focus on innovation in language learning and teaching with short snappy presentations in which brave presenters reflect on what they’ve tried and hasn’t worked, and what we all might learn from the experience.


Alongside compare Ken Wilson, the seven special guests were Bethany Cagnol, Chia Suan Chong, Andy Cowie, Herbert Puchta, Jeremy Harmer, Rakesh Bhanot, Valeria Franca and Willy Cardoso, with some good #eltchat friends in the line-up.


You can watch the video of this event by clicking here.



Inspired by this event, we’d like you to share your teaching failure stories with us. You can write the stories on your blog, or we can post them for you here on the #eltchat website. Then, in a couple of weeks, we will discuss failure and what it means on an #eltchat discussion.


We’d like to know how you failed, what it felt like and what you learned from the experience. It’s something that every teacher will experience, and we can learn even more by reflecting on it afterwards. So join the #eltchat failure blog challenge and let’s share our failures together!


And just to prove, that we don’t just walk the walk, here’s #eltchat moderator James Taylor’s own failure story.


We can’t wait to read your stories!




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Blog Posts in Response to this Challenge




Lessons from Failure – an #ELTchat Blog Challenge

By Katy Davies





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Teachers, learn from your mistakes

by Retno Sofyaniek




Failure Fest #1: Inspired by great educators

 by Rose Bard





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Unfinished Business: how I failed as a Business English teacher (and why that matters)

 by Wiktor Kostrzewski



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Fest #1: “There are more things in Heaven and Earth…” 


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My Failures

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8 Comments to Lessons from Failure – an #ELTchat Blog Challenge

  1. Theodora Papapanagiotou says:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I am posting the link to my blog post on my failures! Thank you!

  2. Tom Randolph @tomtesol says:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Here’s mine! Failure Fest #1: http://wp.me/p3bfrS-m5

  3. Wiktor says:

    May 4th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Got one for you:

  4. AnnLoseva says:

    May 7th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for sharing my post! Here’s one more from me, also looks like failing to me..

  5. Failure Feast #1: Inspired by great educators | ROSE BARD – Teaching Journal says:

    May 15th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    [...] and inspiring session given by great educators at AITEFL 2013 “Failure Feast“, and the #ELTCHAT challenge of sharing the lessons we learn through our failures and the posts that had already been [...]

  6. Retno Sofyaniek says:

    May 16th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I have written a post on my failures before I knew this challenge. Here it is: http://retnosofyaniek.blog.com/2013/04/13/teachers-learn-from-your-mistakes/. :)

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    September 1st, 2013 at 8:45 pm

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