S says - "That was an obvious mistake! It says right there one cent, right there."
S just completed correcting a formative assessment where he had to count coin collections and I was asking him if he knew what he missed when he did the problem the first time. When trying to guide students with their own reflection I often ask these questions;
Was that a simple mistake?
Do you need to study this more?
I never thought to ask if something was an obvious mistake. I actually think this might come across a bit rude but for S today it was just right; actually perfect. The back of two pennies were shown in one collection with the words ONE CENT along the bottom edge. That truly was an obvious mistake, he thought they were nickels the first time and he couldn't believe he missed reading ONE CENT. I wish I could share with you the voice, intonation, and seriousness S displayed as we had this quick two minute interaction. It gave me the biggest smile, a chuckle, and warmed my soul.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for organizing this Slice of Life Story Challenge.