Ministry of Education, Guyana

Asking students a series of essential questions at the start of a course signals that deep engagement is a requirement.

Breaking the habit of scaffolding her students’ learning, one teacher stepped back to provide them with space for productive struggle.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:50

Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

For the last ten years, we've worked one-on-one with students from elementary school through graduate school. No matter their age, no matter the material, when you ask what they're struggling with, students almost universally name a subject: "math," "English" or, in some instances, "school." Doubting that all of school is the issue, we then ask to see their last test. After some grumbling, the student digs down, deep into the dark, dank recesses of his or her backpack, and pulls out a balled-up, lunch-stained paper that, once smoothed out, turns out to be the latest exam.

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