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Make Math Moments Academy Forums Mini-Course Reflections Building Resilient Problem Solvers How Avoiding The Rush To The Algorithm Can Build Resilient Problem Solvers – Discussion Reply To: How Avoiding The Rush To The Algorithm Can Build Resilient Problem Solvers – Discussion

  • Lisa Hudson

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    April 13, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    I think most teachers “rush” to be helpful (whether by sharing algorithms or giving answers) because that is the method that was used to teach most of us, whether it was math or another subject area. We have carried it forward in our own teaching because it is what we have known and become comfortable with.

    Also, that is what our students expect of us because that is what they have been exposed to for much of their academic careers. It is up to us to allow our students the “think time” and curiosity building that is required for them to become resilient problem solvers. It does require careful and thorough planning on our parts as well as an anticipation of where we think students might go with the problems we serve up.

    All students may not come around to the curiosity path method upon initial exposure but with sustained practice, allowing productive struggle and encouragement from their teachers and peers, I feel that the vast majority of students will gain confidence in their abilities to tackle problems.