Ask another way

Ask for another way to answer. Often there are multiple ways to answer a question. When a student solves it one way, it’s a great opportunity to make sure they can use all available methods.

Teacher: How far is it from Durango to Pueblo?

 

Student: Six hundred miles

 

Teacher: How’d you get that?

 

Student: By measuring three inches on the map and adding two hundred plus two hundred plus two hundred.

 

Teacher: Is here a simpler way than adding three times?

 

Student: I could have multiplied 200 times 3.

 

Teacher: And when you do that you’d get what?

 

Student: Six hundred

 

Teacher: Very nice. That’s a better way.

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