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Video: "My Favorite No"

Horrified and hopeful as I am about my own and others' failures, this teachers' simple but powerful treatment of students' mistakes has a powerful appeal to me even though I have no idea if it's truly innovative or even effective:

This is my kind of flipped classroom -- where mistakes are lauded and perfection avoided -- even better since it doesn't involve expensive equipment like clickers and the teacher seems to be over the whole "teach by personality" thing.  It's also the example Vicki Phillips used in a recent talk to illustrate the Teacher Channel, which is one of the many things the Gates Foundation is working on.  What do you think, pro or con, about this example and the whole idea of shared teacher videos?

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She has a strong point...it is too late to find out what students don't know the day of the test. Feeling defeated with a failing grade does nothing to improve an anxious math student's skills. The failing student is convinced he/she cannot get it once the failure is in their face and in the grade book.

I don't know if it's innovative, but this method certainly looks effective to me. It elicits high student engagement, and provides near instant feedback for teacher and students.

I like this as a way to build trust in a classroom. However, I'd worry that if you're going to do this as a quick activity, it generally will work better for skills with low Depth of Knowledge. She quickly finds the "right" and "wrong" answers and analyzes a wrong one. It would be much more time-consuming to go through written responses and diagnose what the student did well or not, especially if part of the aim is to correct things that are common mistakes.

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