Why am I writing about these kids? Because ninety percent of the time I see them shopping with their parents, they are catatonically holding a device.
Sometimes, though, we need more than surface information. We already know that beginning a question with ‘why’ is a step up from starting with ‘who’ or ‘what’. The answer will likely be deeper, more nuanced, and more thoughtful. Going a step further to employ ‘The Five Whys’ (aka 5Y) strategy, though, will get at the core of the issue.
Using these comprehension strategies can be very beneficial, but the big win for the learner is that he is actually engaged in metacognition. The number of passive readers in the average classroom cannot be overstated. When the teacher questions a student after reading a paragraph, page or chapter, that deer-in-the-headlights look is by no means unusual.
So getting comfortable in the process of asking questions is very important. That’s why it’s a good idea to begin early. Here are some strategies for strengthening the questioning skills in your students.
These questions might be used on quizzes and tests - they’re quick and easy for the teacher to correct. Unfortunately, they show only surface knowledge rather than deep understanding.
One of the most important ways to solidify a thought process is verbally teach someone else. Children naturally want to discuss what they are doing and how they are doing it. Sometimes when it comes to talking out math concepts though, it can be tricky. We as teachers, want to provide students with the path they need to excel in this process.
The acronym taught in Eureka Math is RDW which stands for read, draw, write!
Students are taught to read the story for comprehension, draw a picture to solve, write an equation to solve, and write a statement with the final answer.
Even as I battled again through college and into adulthood. I decided it just wasn’t my thing. I learned the “hacks” to get what I needed to do done and just move on from it. My main goal wasn’t to internalize it, but to get it over with and just put it behind me.
You know what though? It never just went away. Math always comes back and still continues to be apart of my life every day.
- Classroom Teacher
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