“Mr. Webel, is this right?” As a high school teacher, I was asked this question daily. I never knew quite how to answer. On the one hand, I wanted my students to make sense of and provide mathematical reasons for their answers rather than simply take my word for it. On the other hand, what was I supposed to say—“I refuse to answer” or “I don't know”? These responses felt disingenuous, as if I were keeping knowledge from students simply for the purpose of watching them struggle.
Edited by Thomas A. Evitts, TAEvit@ship.eduShippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA 17257
Corey Webel, firstname.lastname@example.org, is a mathematics educator at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Previously a high school mathematics teacher in Columbia, Missouri, he recently earned his PhD at the University of Delaware. JENNIFER NORRIS