When I got back, I decided to present failure as a topic to my senior classes as they are all at the point of starting design work for their projects.
I see design work all the time where the students have done one really good design and left it at that. There is nothing else on the page, like they don't want to "mess up" this good design with others that might not be as good.
I also see sessions where I know that students have worked well for the whole lesson but there is very little to show for it on the drawing sheets or in their sketch books. They rub out or tear up the designs that don't come up to their perceived idea of perfection.
Here is the presentation that we talked through today.
What they need to get over is the FEAR of failure, so we have an unofficial ban on the FAIL word as it gives the wrong impression.
We shall now see if they can transfer these thoughts over to their design work this week.