tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7771776580251420816.post3601862694035314680..comments2012-01-21T22:08:10.479-05:00Comments on Bearded Math: Let's Make Some Mistakes!Wolverineshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07377130184827436180noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7771776580251420816.post-91861931048059302262009-08-25T11:42:19.482-04:002009-08-25T11:42:19.482-04:00Thanks Maria for the good ideas. Students often o...Thanks Maria for the good ideas. Students often overlook the value in mistakes. Another useful excercise is to have students create a multiple choice test where the alternate answers represent common mistakes. This can also be done collaboratively with students voting on what they see as likely mistakes on a particular problem. Great practice before standardized tests.<br /><br />Pete Horne<br />Bridgton AcademyPete Hornehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17995956113747475828noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7771776580251420816.post-59703470311079175242009-08-24T14:51:57.258-04:002009-08-24T14:51:57.258-04:00Once in a while, I invite my students to make mist...Once in a while, I invite my students to make mistakes on purpose. Activities I've done so far:<br /><br />- Make as many mistakes as you can in solving this problem!<br />Works better in groups, as a collaborative task. Leads to students analyzing "all possible" mistakes. Relies on the "catch them all" (collector) game mechanic for fun value.<br /><br />- Make the silliest/weirdest mistake possible!<br />This relies on comparing mistakes. Again, it's a high order (creating/evaluating) task, because students have to compare their mistakes and judge which are silliest, and why.<br /><br />An activity I want to try:<br />- Make mistakes that are hard to notice!<br />For example, the (in)famous proof that 1=2 has a relatively subtle mistake, at least for the beginning algebra level.MariaDhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/00769513929584082597noreply@blogger.com