I’m exhausted, so I’m going to make this short and sweet! I just want to archive it.
I think this was a good teacher move in my precalculus class today. It wasn’t so much about the question, as much as the question and what I did afterwards. Background: this is advanced precalculus, and our third day of class.
I was working on binomials expansions with my kids… And we got to a question like .
When walking around, I saw a number of students write initially for their first term. Most of them, when talking with their groups, recognized their error, and changed it to .
My question: “How many of you initially wrote for the first term? Even if you changed it?”
Two hands hesitantly went up.
I threw them each a piece of candy.
Then four or five more hands. I threw them each a piece of candy.
I told them that I love that they made that mistake because it is an opportunity to learn, and perhaps making that mistake and recognizing it will help you remember! And I love that you weren’t ashamed to share something you did wrong. Because you shouldn’t be ashamed. You’re learning. We’re learning.
(Okay, so I might have written that a tad more eloquently and dramatically than what I actually said. C’est la vie.)
I’m trying to build a classroom culture that promotes risk taking and sharing of not-fully-formed ideas. And I loved that this on-the-spot teacher move actually helped do that.