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.