This is part of the Five Minute Friday series. Today’s prompt is: Reflect
Reflection is huge in math learning.
Without it, you can’t get to the deepest learning possible.
One of the best classes I ever took was a MOOC from Jo Boaler at Stanford. It happened to be a math class, but the best part about it was that between each 3-7 minute video a reflection question was asked.
It wasn’t a test.
There wasn’t a right answer.
It was just a question to get me to really think about what I just learned. It made me reflect, digest and internalize the information.
It infused the learning into my bones.
This is a Blog.
Yep. Indeed. This is technically a math blog for parents.
But it’s also a place for me to reflect on my learning about, well… learning.
Our generation has learned math a certain way. Now our kids are learning it differently.
It’s the same stuff. It’s just presented differently.
Which means there’s an awful lot of reflection to be done. A lot of “what did we learn”? And even more “how does that match with what we’re now teaching”?
You can do it too.
If you blog, keep a journal, or even talk to yourself in the shower, you can reflect. So the next time you do, consider reflecting on your own math learning.
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