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Middle School: Supporting the Learning Community

Clip 5/10: Day 19: Using analysis of student work as a jumping-off point


Sharing and Working Cooperatively: Patty Ferrant doesn’t view the “correct answer” to be the ideal end result of cooperative and group work. On Day 19, she notes that although everyone in the group got the same answer, they were not all yet at the point of understanding why they got that answer or explaining their reasoning.


How can you use the “right answer” as the starting point, and not the end point, of mathematical thinking?