We Can Do Better Than "Wrong" [Future of Teaching] - The Jose Vilson

We Can Do Better Than “Wrong” [Future of Teaching]

October 3, 2012

Wrong Way


As a teacher, I have a few ways to say “that’s wrong” without actually saying it. The point isn’t to sanitize the class or soften the critique. For students, they often see the word “wrong” as a gateway to devaluing their own potential, as if their wrong answer determines their competency in the subject. We have to find ways for students to own and play on their mistakes without feeling like they’ll never get it.

Here are some ways to do this:

“How did you get that?”

This question often elicits thinking from the students to say more about how they arrived at their answers.

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Mr. Vilson, who has been posting rather frequently as of late.

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José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

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