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  • Theresa Gieschen

    July 11, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Traditional math is all about teaching a method to get to a correct answer. Math should be a discussion and thinking about different ideas and perspectives. The conclusion is that there are different ways to get to a correct result. If you want to make math meaningful everything that you as a teacher do in a classroom, discussions and questions, lead to challenging students to think for themselves and to reason through problems. They should expect to struggle and understand that mistakes happen and can be corrected. We all need to challenge ourselves and learn to find joy in the process.

    This nontraditional style gives students who think differently a chance to bring their perspective into the conversation. Students do not learn the same way or in the same amount of time. We as educators need to understand that we want students to be able to do more and better things than we were taught. Learning to think for themselves is a great start!