3-Read Friday #20
Wrong answers, 100%, and unintended consequences
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Here are three blog posts that I found interesting this week.
I have long been interested in the role wrong answers play in learning. My motto with a multiple-choice diagnostic question is that learning does not need to stop with the correct answer. Challenging students to explain reasons for incorrect answers, or change the question as little as possible to make wrong answers correct is so powerful. In the post, Dan looks at another option that is supported by a recent research study: ask students to generate wrong answers to a question alongside correct ones.
This post had me at the picture of the owl. But the underlying message is so important: If you accept less than 100% of students following an instruction, you risk a slippery slope. Dylan follows this up with some powerful, practical advice for achieving what can often seem like an unachievable target.
Wow, this is a great post. Dan reflects on a set of practice questions he gave his students that look perfectly fine at first glance, but which have a few unintended consequences that have the potential to confuse students and hinder learning. This hammers home the importance of careful question selection and working through tasks yourself first - something I have fallen foul of in the past.
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