"Great idea, but it'll never work for my students." I hear this a lot when I encourage teachers to engage students in productive struggle rather than try to prevent struggle. I thought it wouldn't work for my students either, but they proved me wrong.
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February 28, 2015
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Students often learn best through rapid release of responsibility, where teachers start with You Do rather than I Do.
July 28, 2014
Giving answers to students in math class shifts the focus away from getting answers.
May 26, 2014
I previously dismissed long division as a meaningless math procedure. Am I backpedaling now in response to readers' comments?
April 24, 2014
Instruction that focuses on procedures helps students do math, not know math.
March 31, 2014
Why math practice standard #1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them) is so important, and how to help students achieve it.
February 17, 2014
Students should learn from their mistakes, not erase their mistakes.
January 22, 2014
Requiring students to always show their work reinforces doing math more so than knowing math.
September 22, 2013
A reminder from Oz about the need to maintain high standards for students.
December 24, 2012
A simple suggestion to help students who have difficulties with decimals.