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Mistakes Review Day


The norm in recent years seems to be that students feel they have to be perfect and get every question correct all of the time.  Trying to be perfect and never messing up seems to have led to very stressed students in the classroom.  What happens when they do make a mistake?  How do they react if they don't get a 100%?

During the 2nd semester, I started going over the most missed questions as a class. Typically, I would make notes on the student's paper about the missed question.  I pulled up the questions and we discussed why it was missed, how you could get that wrong answer, and what we would do differently. 

This may seem simple but it started to help students see that they weren't alone.  Second, it helps them analyze what happened to get the incorrect answer.  I believe this is just as important in the understanding process.  For example, with reflections we looked at the distractors of going over the wrong axis or writing an ordered pair as (y,x).  

After reviewing, students may request to take a different version of the quiz within a week.  A retake is not required of them but it gives them the opportunity to show they have a better understanding. This does mean extra grading as a teacher but I've found that this process is leading to more retention of the material which is helpful when you build on the concept later.   


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