A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 25, 2015
First Attempt In Learning ("fail” backronym)

"First Attempt In Learning” is a backronym (back acronym) of the word “fail.” The “fail” backronym has been printed on many posters.

“FAIL most def.. First Attempt In Learning, but sometimes I reckon it shld be called SAIL (Second) and TAIL (Third)” was posted on Twitter on May 25, 2009.

“Future Always Involves Learning” is another “fail” backronym.


Twitter
Mzingaye Dube
‏@mzid
@ludajuice, nice quote. FAIL most def.. First Attempt In Learning, but sometimes I reckon it shld be called SAIL (Second) and TAIL (Third).
10:32 AM - 25 May 2009

Twitter
Denny Hervin
‏@DennyHervin
F.A.I.L (First Attempt In Learning)... *cheers* http://myloc.me/yy3t
10:37 PM - 6 Sep 2009

PRAXIS—God Revolution
Oct 3, 2012
F.A.I.L. - First Attempt In Learning
If you are not failing, you’re not trying.

The problem is not failure. Failures are absolutely necessary in order to make progress. No one succeeds all the time without failing.

Learning About Learning
FIRST ATTEMPT IN LEARNING – FAIL
NOVEMBER 2, 2012 FRYED
One of the major “take-aways” from this year’s ECOO Conference (#ECOO12) was the idea of needing an environment to “tinker” (John Seely Brown) where mistakes and false starts are just a learning pathway.  “FAIL” is really just “First Attempts in Learning”.

Google Books
100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers:
Outstanding Lessons

By Ross Morrison McGill
London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2013
Pg. 37:
F.A.I.L.
“First Attempt In Learning!”

Google Books
Never Mind the Inspectors:
Here’s Punk Learning

By Tait Cole
Carmarthen, Wales: Independent Thinking Press
2014
Pg. ?:
Yet, during an observation, how many teachers actually see student errors as being detrimental to the judgement of their lesson? ‘Of course, I tell my kids all the time that FAIL stands for First Attempt In Learning, but obviously I want them to succeed when I’m being observed, because that makes me look good.’

Twitter
Teen’s Mind
‏@TeenMindRocks
F.A.I.L = First Attempt In Learning. #teenlivequotes
6:16 AM - 24 Mar 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 • Permalink