Subtraction – old and new approaches

by ellenmanson on May 21, 2014

If you learnt to subtract two numbers by “carrying the one” but did not fully understand the reasoning behind the renaming/regrouping involved, then the following post may be insightful.

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Questions for Promoting Mathematical Thinking

by ellenmanson on April 4, 2014

We can use the following questions to help students:

…. work together to make sense of mathematics

  • What do others think about what _____ said?
  • Do you agree? Disagree?
  • Does anyone have the same answer but a different way to explain it?
  • Would you ask the rest of the class that question?
  • Do you understand what they are saying?
  • Can you convince the rest of us that makes sense?

… rely more on themselves to determine whether something is mathematically correct

  • Why do you think that?
  • Why is that true?
  • How did you reach that conclusion?
  • Does that make sense?
  • Can you make a model to show that?

… learn to reason mathematically

  • Does that always work?
  • Is that true for all cases?
  • Can you think of another example?
  • How could you prove that?

… learn to conjecture, invent, and solve problems

  • What would happen if…?
  • Do you see a pattern?
  • What are some other possibilities here?
  • Can you predict the next one?  Can you go backward one?
  • How did you think about the problem?
  • What decision do you think __________ should make?
  • Can you compare your solution with _______’s?  What is alike?  What is different?

… connect mathematics, its ideas and its applications

  • How does this relate to ________?
  • What ideas have we learned before that might be useful in solving this problem?
  • Have we ever solved a problem like this one before?  Can you give an example?
  • What uses of mathematics did you find (in the paper, in a magazine, on TV)?
  • Can you give me an example of where you might see _______?

*Adapted from the Professional Standards (NCTM, 1991, p. 3-4)

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Another great Pi Day!

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