I believe that we have to encourage students’ to make errors since only when they make errors do they reveal their in depth thinking. If students get a correct answer, we do not know if they remembered it from class, copied it from their textbook or if they truly understood the concept. When they answer incorrectly, we can see their thinking- their misconceptions, their faulty logic, and their lack of comprehension of the learning goal. Once we see their errors and diagnose the errors, then we can provide formative feedback to help them. The feedback will be differentiated based on their unique answers.
Right answers do not reveal students deep thinking while errors do.
How do you engage your students in in depth projects where they can show their thinking and their errors?