To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: here's what I do
In order to prepare the class for receiving answers that may not be correct, I show them that there are many ways to solve problems. I start this at the beginning of the school year. When we solve problems on the overhead using the textbook method, I ask the class if there was anyone who solved it differently? There is usually 2-3 different ways that students come up with their answers. I call them up to the overhead to show us how they did it and talk their way through it so we can hear how they are thinking. At first, the kids were amazed to learn that they don't all think the same way; that they use different strategies to solve problems. Once we have become familiar with the way each other thinks, then, when a student give the wrong answer, the class helps the student figure out where they went wrong. Works like a charm. The students' wrong answer is respected and redirected.
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