The Benefits of Error Analysis

by Angela Gonzales 

We cannot talk enough about the benefits of error analysis. Learning happens when mistakes are made and what better way to learn than to analyze mistakes. Take students through the error analysis process, and let them take lead of the questions through open dialogue with peers to really comprehend the "why" and "how" behind each of their problems. Take Stacey Muller for example, who used our "show your work" feature to allow her students to analyze a question that had been completed incorrectly. Students then had to correct the mistake and explain the "how" and "why" behind their new solution, not only building new understanding but building off of misconceptions and generalizations. How do you utilize error analysis in your classroom? Share with us on our Facebook or Twitter page or leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!