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ERIC Number: EJ813386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Learning to Think and Thinking to Learn
Kline, Kate
Teaching Children Mathematics, v15 n3 p144-151 Oct 2008
Encouraging children to think--independently and publicly--is possibly one of any teachers' most challenging and rewarding responsibilities. Young children's less-developed language and listening skills further complicate teachers' work at the early elementary level. Yet, the author has been fortunate to work with many teachers who have embraced this challenge and use young children's unique attributes, such as their unmitigated curiosity, to center mathematics teaching on thinking and reasoning. How do teachers create a classroom environment where thinking is primary--where thinking matters just as much as reciting facts, where facts are learned through thinking, and where they are used as the basis for further thinking? This article discusses issues to consider when establishing a tone that encourages children to think during whole-group discussions, including addressing children's diverse thinking approaches and using their incorrect solutions. The author incorporates examples of exchanges that may occur as teachers interact with students at work and suggest ways in which these interactions impact children's developing notions of what it means to do mathematics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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