A bit of a fixer upper

I always encourage students to answer occasional questions in class; naturally, this opens the possibility that a student may suggest an answer that is completely wrong or is only partially correct. Naturally, I don’t want to discourage students from participating in class  by blunting saying “You’re wrong!” So I need to have a gentle way of pointing out that the proposed answer isn’t quite right.

Thanks to a recent movie, I finally have hit on a one-liner to do this with good humor and cheer: “To quote the trolls in Frozen, I’m afraid your answer is a bit of a fixer-upper. (Laughter) So it’s a bit of a fixer-upper, but this I’m certain of… you can fix this fixer-upper up with a little bit of love.”

If you have no idea about what I’m talking about, here’s the song from the movie (you can hate me for the rest of the day while you sing this song to yourself):

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