Talk Me Through the Problem

Math class with Nat Lewis may look like a traditional math class, students learning how to add and subtract with positive and negative numbers, but once you start to listen you realize students at Keys are thinking about Math in a very different way. One student raises their hand and asks “can I just say what the answer is?”, Nat Lewis pauses briefly and says “only if you talk me through the problem first”. Math is about so much more than memorization, but true comprehension of the problem. Students engage in a dialogue before coming to a conclusion. When discussing a point, I hear a student say¬† “I can see how they got “there”, but I did this and got “here””. Even in Math class, students learn to listen to each other and respect one another’s methods, opinions, and style.

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