I posted a short paragraph on this in my intro, but thought I'd start a thread on something we touched on yesterday in Google Hangouts... and this is "Failure while Gaming.
Kids "fail" at these games and yet the want to keep trying. This strikes me as odd. We have grown a culture of children who have been given an award, trophy, or certificate for everything! As a teacher who has been around for awhile, I have seen our schools and sport systems grow a culture of children who want to win. I have seen us go so far as to make sure "everyone gets a participation certificate" so no one feels bad. My own children have received trophies for "participating"... not for winning.... because officials wanted to make sure no child felt bad about their performance... no one felt left out.....No one is a failure....
I do think we are changing that thought process now, and we realize that this probably has not been healthy. Not everyone is a winner, can be a winner, or will be winner all the time.
However, why is it that kids don't care that they lose while playing these games? They persist. Failing often makes them work harder, move faster, think quicker! They are motivated to keep trying to WiN. Yet, in the end, they get no trophy, no certificate, and often... nobody ELSE even knows. The learning theory behind all of this is simply fascinating.