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Topic: Decisions
Replies: 6   Last Post: Mar 29, 2001 5:24 PM

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Roya Salehi

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Decisions
Posted: Mar 21, 2001 5:04 PM
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In the course of a lesson, a teacher might ask herself/himself:

-How do I know when it would help to wait, rather than ask a question
or volunteer more information?

-When should I summarize in order to move on, and when should I
encourage my students to play out their thinking?

-How do I judge whether to probe for a misconception, or let
classmates be responsible for sense-making and validation?

There are no easy answers to such questions. The Math Forum's Bridging
Research and Practice group highlights several elements that influence
teacher's decision-making: balance, wait-time, and classroom norms.
Read more about each one here:

http://mathforum.com/brap/wrap/decisions.html

Have you noticed other elements that affect teacher's (on the spot)
decision making?

~Roya





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