Thursday, January 30, 2014

Teach Like a Champion
Technique #49
Normalize Error

“Error followed by correction and instruction is the fundamental process of schooling.”

KEY IDEA: Getting it wrong and then getting it right is one of the fundamental processes for schooling. Respond to both parts of this sequence, the wrong and the right, as completely normal.

Key Points:
·      Wrong Answers: Don’t Chasten; Don’t Excuse – If wrong answers are truly a normal and healthy part of the learning process, they don’t need much narration at all.  Skip the step of naming every answer as either right or wrong, just fix the wrongness and move on.
·      Right Answers: Don’t Flatter; Don’t Fuss – Acknowledge correct work and then move on.

From Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemove (Jossey Bass, 2010)

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