Started in response to the “Mission #1: The Power of The Blog” this post is on the prompt “What is one thing that happens in your classroom that makes it distinctly yours?”
I have been a mathematics teacher for past 23 years…sounds like a very long time (it is !). Teaching has kept me young at heart , each year is a different challenge- the students have changed dramatically over the past few years.They need excitement and challenge in the class.
Over the past few years I have followed many blogs and lurked around in the Blogosphere learning from the tried and tested ideas of many.Among many ideas that have worked (which I will share in the later posts ) what has worked very well has been inspired by Math Mistakes
The presentations(Learn from your Mistakes )made with the pictures of the mistakes done by my students in examination have proved to be an effective exercise in reviewing the concepts of students.With some slides inserted in between with some silly caption/cartoon the message gets delivered but doesn’t hurt any one. No names are taken but the students are engaged in understanding the error and the correction of the same.They also identify and learn to accept when a mistake is a “careless” mistake and when its a “conceptual” error.
I do hope to continue with this practice and am encouraging other teachers to do the same as well.