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Bob Wilson

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ideal student
Posted: Jul 30, 1995 11:30 PM
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Katherine wrote:

3. "There is entirely too much emphasis on NOT making
mistakes. Thus trying something unfamiliar is very risky and
scary. Children will happily practice doing what they know and
resist trying the unfamiliar. (As an experiment, assign an
arithmetic review sheet to an upper-level class on a substitute
day. I bet they will complete it and hand it in with little

I know exactly what you are saying. That is why I have a large bulletin board
that perenially states "The only way to never fail is to never try." Every
year I have students who try to argue that the statement is backwards in its

"Thinking is too much work. (Does anyone
out there remember Maynard G. Krebs? Guess that dates me.)"

Yes I surely do. I would guess many of those out there do also.


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