Look for and Make Use of Structure
Jennifer Wilson instantly hooked me with finding the area of these quadrilaterals.
Jennifer recently offered three wonderful posts on the importance of “Look for and make use of structure.” The posts include some wonderful mathematical thinking and work from both students and teachers, stressing the importance of mathematical flexibility. Read more here:
My favorite quote from Jennifer after working with teachers one day was, “Everyone learned at least one new way to look at the figure from others in the room.”
In order to better teach our students, I think it’s extremely valuable we teachers strengthen our mathematical flexibility by learning new ways to understand mathematics. However, I believe it’s important we are mindful that students do not necessarily need to be taught every single way we know. By knowing more than one way to understand mathematics, teachers can be better prepared to support the necessary differentiation in their math classrooms.
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