Turning Mistakes into Learning Opportunities
Submitted by Susan Finn Miller on October 30, 2013 - 9:38am
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Hello colleagues, Jessie Stadd posted a brief video in another LINCS discussion entitled "My Favorite No" https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/class-warm-up-routine. This video illustrates a great formative assessment technique that shows how mistakes are very often the very best opportunities to learn.
This warm up routine involves students in solving a review math problem which is placed on the board at the beginning of each class. The students solve the problem individually on an index card. The teacher collects the cards and quickly sorts them according to those that are correct and incorrect. She carefully chooses one of the incorrect problems that will give her and the students the chance to emphasize what the student has done right before offering instruction on how to do the problem correctly.
The most important goal here is to demonstrate to learners that mistakes are opportunities for learning. This is a wonderful routine to build into a math class, but I can see its potential usefulness in ESL, too.
What stands out for you in this video?
What ideas do you have for adapting “My Favorite No” to your instruction?
How do you talk with learners about their mistakes?
What are some additional instructional strategies for turning mistakes into learning opportunities?
It would be great to get some discussion going on this topic.