Transforming mistakes into learning opportunities
Today, if you ask me about unforgettable learning failures, I will tell you that I am glad that this happened.
My mistakes made me a better teacher and apprentice. Now I can communicate with students who have difficulty understanding the concept. Failures may not have been my strongest point, but what I learned from him was invaluable. Mistakes can be excellent educational opportunities.
It may seem paradoxical: create situations in which students make mistakes on purpose. We can allow additional time to solve the class problem or focus on more challenging examples. Mistakes often increase knowledge. Control of where and how these errors occur is an option.
Frustration can result if decisions and reactions that are not made after making mistakes. A positive classroom environment that encourages students can also provide a good basis for allowing this type of learning.
How can we use learning errors to our advantage?
- Instead of discouraging mistakes, teachers must find ways to support individual learning processes.
Carol Duke, a Stanford University psychologist who studies motivation and discovers that, instead of praising intelligence, teachers should focus on encouraging students to think of their minds as flexible and support individual responsibility. Similarly, John Lehr, in How We Decide, talks about how teachers are being repressed to solve problems and can make students feel that mistakes are a sign of less intelligence.
- Accept mistakes as part of the learning process.
Half of the battle realizes that mistakes can be used as educational tools. The other half is learning how to use it correctly. Errors may work in our favor. Some students resort to memorization, instead of risk errors. But something is lost if education does not give students time to try things themselves.
Many teachers are moving away from this model because mistakes take valuable educational time. But some new supporters argue that there may be an error in this model. Perhaps we should reconsider why students cannot make mistakes.
- Mastery of the goal must be achieved.
Professionals are basically experts, after years of study they have learned details in a field. But the process of learning the concept is as important as the concept itself. Why
The domain produces significant learning.
- Use mistakes as part of the discovery process that involves students.
Allowing time for individual exploration will create opportunities where failures can occur but can be used as a tool. In a recent interview, Noam Chomsky discussed how education should allow students to investigate, investigate and follow up on issues that concern them. Chomsky believes that education should allow students to discover themselves. Education should prepare students to learn on their own openly.
Khan Academy is a great example of this. His model focuses on the students who are experimenting to achieve mastery. Khan Academy is basically a series of educational videos about math and other subjects. Its objective is for the student to be an expert before moving on to another subject.
With interactive exercises, teachers can measure student understanding.
Benefits of competency-based evaluation
Four stages of the self-directed learning model.
- Focus on self-learning strategies whenever possible.
Media can be used to integrate self-learning in the classroom, as students complete lectures at home and examples of “homework” at school. This saves class time and changes the focus on learning to solve problems. Students learn general information at home and practice examples in the classroom. It is useful to allow students to make mistakes in the classroom, not at home.
At home, there is no teacher or, sometimes, support may be lacking to guide students who may give up and not ask the teacher the next day. Salman Khan compares the domain through experimentation with learning to ride a bicycle. The gaps must be filled before students can move on to the next ability. You can’t ride a bike without balancing first.
- Technology can transform mistakes into teaching moments.
Some teachers use examples of student overhead or strengths to show different thoughts and how students can
- Use instant comments to reduce frustration.
Bill Gates noted that the Khan Academy is based on “motivation and feedback” for the learning process. Immediate reactions to mistakes in learning can be a powerful catalyst for learning. The teacher can act as a resource that helps students find answers on their own.
- Accept that learning is a messy process.
When one of his inventions tried, Thomas Edison once said: “I didn’t fail; I found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.” If we want to encourage our students to maximize their performance, we must realize that learning is not linear. Each student will have a preference and inclination. No two Taliban are alike. By accepting this, we allow space for individual differences. By allowing students to make mistakes, they can better understand information with their needs and learning styles.
- Instead of resorting to memorization, allow students to practice in class.
They may discover that their weaknesses are just different ways of approaching the topic. Rather than being weak, their mistakes can be ways of realizing that they only see things differently. It is part of each student’s individual major learning process.
- See students as learners.
Learning is a good way to understand how this model works. The trainee works for years under a teacher until he is ready to complete the task on his own. He is allowed to make mistakes and encouraged to do so. After learning the basic skills of a teacher, the trainee is often asked to design a complex project that demonstrates his unique abilities.
Mistakes are part of the process of being a beginner. The trainee finally develops his own style and perspective. After many tests, the trainee becomes the teacher. As James Joyce suggests in Ulysses, the true genius sees all learning as an opportunity to improve and discover. Errors are taken at will. By making mistakes, we can reach new heights and find our true genius.