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.