Elaine doesn’t like it when her students struggle. She wants to run over to them, pick up the pencil, and show them the way. Yet she knows this is not best for them because when students productively struggle to make sense of the mathematics, they
This is a shameless play on “six degrees of separation.” I assure you Kevin Bacon will make no appearance, nor can I find any relationship between the two of us. Instead, I share some observations about representations in mathematics classes. Some are my own missteps.
Welcome to school! As teachers, each year and each class brings new joys and challenges as we get to know our students as people and as learners. We are faced with the often-daunting task of designing learning experiences to entice and excite our students to
“I don’t understand! What do they want me to do?”
Do you remember the voice of Charlie Brown’s teacher? We aren’t sure what she’s saying but the sounds of “wah, wah, wah” wash over us as she’s talking. For some students, the abstract notation of mathematics,