MemberApril 21, 2022 at 11:19 pm
This school year, students were learning integer operations (to be applied to rational number later). While subtracting negative numbers, I could tell many students were not able to make sense of the visual math we were doing with positive/negative counters. I pivoted (perhaps too soon!) encouraging students to use number lines to make sense of subtracting negative values. It was clear then that many students weren’t able to make sense of the concept still. I wish now I had pivoted once more and/or gave student more time with that concept before plowing (proceeding) forward. I also think it would have been more valuable to avoid encouraging students to approach the problem in a certain way, and rather give them a chance to make sense of it more on their own. I think this would have proven far more valuable for my students.