Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pretend Plans

When you make a really obvious mistake, the teaching tip here is to turn it into a learning experience. For instance, if someone happens to buy the wrong length of Christmas lights to decorate the board, and all the students can obviously see that the lights don’t fit or look right, one can simply turn it into a math problem. “If a strand of 100 lights is only 1.5 meters long, how many strands should you plan to buy for a board that is 3 meters long?” If you’re lucky, your students will make a mistake and get the wrong answer, so then you can empathize together that making mistakes is an easy thing to do. J

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