Saturday, August 10, 2013

Differentiating what it means to make a mistake

Growing up, my teachers always stressed that a mistake is a mistake and that with careful double checking, I should have caught those mistakes.

As a teacher, I realize that's simply not true.

There are lots of different reasons for mistakes, especially in math.

I love this anchor chart.  

I would change the word silly to careless, but other than that, it's a wonderful way for students to think critically about their math errors.  From there, they could engage in a more meaningful conference about what they need to work on: carelessness, math computation or processing.

I would hang this below a sign that says mistakes are proof that you are trying.

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