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  • Lynn Crutchley

    July 12, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    The children have rarely been taught to think–in any subject… Few teachers allow for questions. I have started my sessions with a thinking challenge–not even directly Maths related, but to get them to start OBSERVING everyday things…and to WONDER about things that are just taken for granted. Then, in working through the lesson, I ask questions about the work or the exercise; I encourage them to explain how they got the answers and why they were correct or incorrect. Checking their answers before submitting work is a new experience for them especially since they were never required to do corrections–at all, never mind in a meaningful way. The children are baffled that I teach this way–but they beg for more! Unfortunately, my time with them is very limited but we do the best we can.