I did not do well on my first Chapter Test, mostly missing on Lab Safety. For guidance, I read Dignifying Errors to Promote Learning, which is Chapter 7 in Mastery Teaching by Madeline Hunter. My husband gave me the book last week as a gift.
She says that when errors are made, we should follow three steps:
1. Create a question that correctly matches the wrong answer,
2. Prompt for and discuss the correct answer to the original question,
3. Hold the student accountable.
This way, mistakes are not a source of embarrassment but are used as an exercise to help us learn. Looking at my incorrect answers, I followed the three steps and with each I felt my discouragement pass.
Thanks, Patrick, I am ready for the next chapter.
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