Educator: Sometimes it's right to be wrong in the classroom

11/13/2009 | Edutopia.org

Students' focus on getting the answers right can be harmful to learning, researchers have found, and teachers can take several steps to correct that behavior, an educator writes in this blog post. Teachers should use open-ended questions -- that even they might have the answers to -- to encourage curiosity and exploration among students. Teachers also should establish learning goals but allow students to deviate from those plans if their curiosity takes them in a different direction.

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