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ERIC Number: EJ1113938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Learning from the Unknown Student
Barlow, Angela T.; Gerstenschlager, Natasha E.; Harmon, Shannon E.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v23 n2 p74-81 Sep 2016
In this article, three instructional situations demonstrate the value of using an "unknown" student's work to allow the advancement of students' mathematical thinking as well as their engagement in the mathematical practice of critiquing the reasoning of others: (1) introducing alternative solution strategies; (2) critiquing inaccuracies in others' work; and (3) introducing new mathematical concepts. The article includes three recommendations for using an unknown student's work: (1) Keep your math goals in mind; (2) Do not limit alternative strategies to "better" strategies; and (3) Use accessible student work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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