Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thinking

The word, THINK, is really quite an extraordinary word. In my classroom, whether it be Algebra, Geometry, or  a third credit math course, "thinking" is one of the first "math" concepts I teach to my students. I stress to the students that thinking is a skill. In order to master the skill a person needs to practice. In our classroom, we practice "thinking". There are two situations where I see "thinking" taking place. The 1st, during classroom discussion. Discussion, in general invokes "thinking".  I explain to the students that discussion is very valuable and through discussion many great ideas are formed. In addition, an insignificant answer (are there any insignificant answers????) may spark provocative thought. A 2nd situation when "thinking" is beneficial is during quiet time. For my classroom, I have stressed that quiet time can be truly amazing. I explain that quiet time allows a learner to reflect on the class period.
Anyway, I want to thank you for reading my first blogpost.