Math Conversations at Home – ask “how many ways”April 2, 2020
In the last post I gave an overview of ideas to help have productive and joyful math conversations at home. Now let’s drill down on one of those ideas.
The concept is simple. At some point today, when you and your child are working on math together, don’t ask “what’s the answer.” Ask, “how many ways can we find the answer?”
Ask “how many ways can we find the answer?”
And then you play the game of actually finding as many ways to solve a problem as you can.
Why does this help? Because math that’s about getting the answer one way and then stopping leads to fragile understanding. But when we have many tools and strategies at our disposal, and start to find connections between them, our understanding becomes robust.
Check out the video below to see this idea in action, and then try out the challenge at home!