Reflecting on Math Learning

Do you reflect on your learning? Perhaps you should.This is part of the Five Minute Friday series. Today’s prompt is:┬áReflect

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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2 Responses to Reflecting on Math Learning

  1. Hi! I’m a friend from Five-Minute Friday! It’s ironic that I am commenting on your post, as I always struggled with math growing up. I took a Math for Artists course at Connecticut College in the mid-nineties, which was much more my style. We looked for math concepts and patterns in music, writing, and visual arts. It was the last math class I ever took, and I can’t say I’m sad about that (I’m an English teacher and a writer!), but I do appreciate people who love math and who also can make it fun for kids.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Liz!

      Math for Artists sounds fun. I taught a Math for Liberal Arts Majors a couple of times and it was awesome.

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