From Simple Questions to Powerful Connections: A Two-Year Conversation about Negative Numbers

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  • 1 California State University, Fresno
  • 2 Visalia, California

“Do kids learn from teachers, or do teachers learn from kids?” asked a first grader of her teacher. She was a member of a class in which students were encouraged to use natural strategies to solve a variety of mathematics tasks, and to ask questions. The power of a problem-solving classroom is generated by an environment in which both teachers and students continually learn from one another.


Jeanie Behrend and Laura Mohs worked together for the last four years to document children's thinking in a problem-solving environment.

Teaching Children Mathematics


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