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Are Your Students Making Enough Mistakes?

Original Lilly Conference, 2017 Plenary Presentation

Billie Franchini, Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership, State University of New York Albany

Conscientious teachers often think it's their job to prevent student mistakes. This session will suggest the opposite: We should create classrooms that encourage mistakes. If we want to foster deep learning, we need to put students in a position to make the right kind of mistakes: ones that create opportunities for feedback and reflection. Carefully staged and managed opportunities for strategic errors give students the evidence they need to assess their own competence—and give us the data we need to guide our instruction. This plenary will present current research and model strategies for creating meaningful mistakes and productive reflection.

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