How to Use Intentional Mistakes as a Teaching Strategy
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The instructor inserts intentional mistakes into their teaching materials (such as misspellings in their presentations) or their speech to:
- Check learners’ depth of knowledge.
- Make memorable teaching moments.
- Keep learners critically engaged.
- Keeps learners on their toes during the lesson, especially during the boring sections.
- Can turn learning into a game if you let the learners know to look out for the mistakes in advance. You could also offer a reward to the individual who identifies the error.
- Can lead to critical discussions about common mistakes that learners make in a topic.
- You may risk having learners believe you had made the mistakes intentionally.
- Learners may believe the mistakes are truths and end up believing untrue things.
- Create intentional spelling and grammatical errors.
- Mispronounce a term and see if learners realize it.
- Flip a couple of words in a sentence and see if anyone realizes.