Understanding what students are thinking sometimes requires immediate action. Here are some quick, easy strategies.
Michelle Berry, Jon Davis, Paul Kelley and Megan Snow
The mathematician Paul Halmos once wrote that although mathematics consists of many things—such as theorems, axioms, and definitions—the heart of mathematics consists of problems (1980). Indeed, in mathematics classrooms around the world, teachers and students dedicate a substantial portion of their time to presenting and solving problems. These problems often require the application of previously presented procedures and enable students to readily identify the method needed to solve them.