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ERIC Number: EJ1116699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Get the Goof!
Pace, Michelle H.; Ortiz, Enrique
Teaching Children Mathematics, v23 n3 p138-144 Oct 2016
When a second-grade class struggled to make sense of the algorithms for multidigit addition and subtraction, attitude and morale were down, and student discourse was at an all-time low. When daily mathematics class started, the teacher was hearing an overall class moan. The instructed needed to turn it around, to find a way to help excite and motivate students while also deepening their understanding of this clearly difficult mathematics content. The purpose of this article is to share a strategy that helped get the math class back on track. In class, they called the strategy "Get the Goof." It is a simple yet effective strategy in which a teacher presents a flawed solution to a math problem and students work together to identify the goof and fix it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A