Why Teacher Should Not Label Math Errors as ‘Careless’

“Saying that a mistake is a result of carelessness is an accusation that the student has not invested enough effort or care into their work[.]” In Steven Goldman’s experience, many accuracy errors in math are caused by dyslexia, anxiety, and executive function disorders. Students with these problems often understand the concepts involved, but miscopy or misread something along the way. He knows it’s disheartening for them to see they scored badly despite understanding, and that calling them “careless” only discourages them from trying to learn more. Read full article here


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