One of my big philosophies and beliefs as a teacher is that we have traditionally chastised mistakes of children as gross errors of judgement which require punishment and consequence.On occaision perhaps this is warranted, although usually excessive. In most occasions however, we are talking about a child obtaining an incorrect answer in a maths quiz, or failing to accurately summarize a paragraph of text. Are these trully mistakes which we need to address as negative misconceptions? Or do they offer a deeper insight into that childs thinking process and should we harness these mistakes as the most valuable learning tool we have?
This video, whilst having very little to do with eductaion directly, speaks volumes of the power of mistakes and the way we percieve them.