Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Love the concept of "mistake-based learning." Several years ago I was setting up some a/v equipment at the Colo. Deaf & Blind School, and it didn't record what it was supposed to. I went through my checklist and realized what I'd done wrong.
A couple of weeks later, some of the teachers were having the same problem -- I was able to fix it immediately because I'd made the same mistake they had and recognized what they'd done wrong.
Don't know if that's what you meant by "mistake-based" learning, but I sure am a practitioner!
One other comment about "pre-stuffing" and "swamping" -- I tell my physics & astronomy undergrads to go to as many science lectures on campus as they can. They may only understand 20% of "The Quark Gluon Liquid - an Unexpected Phase of Matter", but if they keep going to the lectures, all of a sudden they will be studying something in class and they will go, "AHA! I've heard that before", and they will understand it better.
Now from time to time my seniors will come in and tell me that attending these talks early on really did help them "learn the language".
to me, mistake-based learning just means that you have enough power to make a mistake and enough power to correct it. i'm thinking primarily of IT and art, but your example works, too.Post a Comment