Understanding mistakes!


We can deepen our own and our understanding of mistakes, which are not all created equal, and are not always desirable. After all, our ability to manage and learn from mistakes is not fixed. We can improve it. There are 4 kinds of mistakes. You can read about them here:




The purpose of this task is to understand the power of mistakes. If we’re more precise in our own understanding of mistakes and in our communication with others, it will increase their understanding, buy-in, and efficacy as learners.


Brief summary of the overall task / Individual contribution

  1. Read the characteristics of each type of mistake
  2. Think about your mistakes that you did in the past
  3. Categorise your mistakes in the 4 categories



Describe a stretch mistake, an aha-mistake, a high-stakes mistake and a sloppy mistake


E-moderator interventions

Facilitate the discussions. Give postits to the people, ask them to write the mistakes on them. Categorize the mistakes together on a whiteboard.


Time and schedule

15-25 minutes