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Fischkopp Post time: 2014-3-12 12:33
We are all human beings and making mistakes is part of life. One just has to accept it. ...
There is more to this than just accepting that we are all human and have the propensity to make mistakes.
For a teacher to make a mistake can, actually, be beneficial in two ways. One, it is a useful tool in checking that the class has understood the lesson and, two, it makes the teacher appear more human and 'normal'. Three, (yes, I know that I can't count) students, especially kids, love it when their teacher makes a mistake. They love pointing this out and, importantly, it gives them confidence in themselves and their ability. Giving students confidence in themselves is an important part of teaching.
Nearing the end of a lesson, I have often made deliberate 'mistakes' and the students have always delighted in pointing them out, often most vociferously too! From this, I have ascertained that they understood everything that I had tried to teach them. The students have left my classes with beaming smiles; they were very pleased that they had 'corrected' an adult and, surely, they were very grown up now! More, though, for they would listen intently in my next class, paying attention to every word that I said in the hope that I would make another mistake and they could point it out to me.
Can you think of a better way to encourage kids to listen so intently? Weren't you a kid and didn't you love it when an adult made a mistake?