The Test

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.

Next Up: Weighty Matters

4 thoughts on “The Test

  1. sirdedlock says:

    Your teacher is not the first to utilize this. I am currently a 5th grade English teacher and I have noticed this same trend emerging on the standardized tests. Students are given a math problem that has been worked incorrectly or they are given a comprehension question with a flawed answer and they must explain what the “person” did wrong in order to get the answer that they got. If used correctly, it is a very effective way to ensure that students are not simply memorizing facts. Instead they are thinking about the question logically; which is something that this generation of students needs to work on.

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