Disagreement in Math


There’s nothing better than seeing a great discussion in math class.

We don’t often consider that the meaningful conversations that our students have will occur during a math period, but this is often the best place for debate, discussion, and negotiation to take place.

I recently witnessed a lesson in which two students disagreed about the solution to a problem. The teacher deftly took a step back, and let the natural process of disagreement reign supreme.

Each student defended their answers. The teacher asked a simple question, “Who do you agree with?” And suddenly, the class was engaged in a meaningful discussion about the math problem.

Disagreement. Curiosity. Wonder. Speculation. Negotiation.

It’s a beautiful thing.


Rich (@RACzyz)

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