Can we stop telling them how to solve problems?
The class was in the middle of a series of lessons centered around developing strategies for multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. On this particular afternoon, a group of students was working independently on the above worksheet. One student, after reading the first question, wrote 72 + 72 + 72 + 72 in a column in the work space. As he began to add up the numbers, an instructional aide working in the room stopped him and said, "You have to use multiplication to solve this problem. You're learning about multiplication, and it says in the directions to use multiplication."
Obediently, but with an under-his-breath groan, the student erased all his work.
I was not in a position to stop this from happening.
Things like this happen all the time.
If we're going to use worksheets like this, can we at least cut the top off first?
|Let the kids work out the problems in ways that make sense to them, not to us.|