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  • Noel McMillin

    October 31, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    I love it! I left my undergrad work with a constructivist mindset. Put the students in the driver’s seat. Over the years, it became easy to slip into the “teacher is the holder of all knowledge” paradigm. How often do I say to myself, “if they just did what I told them to do they would get the right answer.” Too often we (math teachers) see the world in black and white – meaning there is one way to answer a problem, more than likely the most efficient way. It just isn’t the case.

    I actually introduced a Dan Meyer problem today with one of my 7th-grade classes using the “what do you notice/wonder” model. I wouldn’t say it went awesome, however, we had great discussions and they seemed to enjoy the process. I still led too often but it will take time and effort for my students to see themselves as mathematicians with something to offer me and their peers.