Drawing balls without replacement

Our teacher gave us this problem:

In how many ways can 3 balls be drawn from a bag of 12 balls for 4 consecutive times without replacement?

My solution was 12C3+9C3+6C3+3C3, but his solution was 12!/(3!*3!*3!*3!). He didn't explain why my solution was wrong though. But I really feel that I'm correct on this one