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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