I’m only six weeks into my student teaching and I’m slowly starting to get the feel of how a classroom works. I am starting to better understand what to expect in different situations, although there always seems to be something that surprises me.
However, there is one constant I have found in every class. No matter what we are working on, one question will always be asked a number of times:
“Is this right?”
It’s a simple yes or no question, right? Yet, I struggle with it.
I don’t want to tell them if they are right or wrong. I want them to know themselves. I want my students to be able to look at what they’ve done and be able to do some sort of self assessment. I want them to be be able to pick out their mistakes, and make the corrections. I want them to be confident in what they’ve done and not need me to tell them whether or not it’s “right” or “good”. I want them to see the value in making and then learning from mistakes.
I want them to do all these things. Then I expect them to write an quiz or a test where I will be the judge whether they’re right or wrong. Maybe I should ask myself: “is this right?“. No wonder they want me to tell them if they’re right or wrong…