Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine

Chapter 3 Discussion Prompt

15 Oct 2020 9:53 PM | Anonymous member

In the chapter there are 3 challenges associated with anticipating student responses. What is the biggest challenge you are facing with anticipating student responses?

Challenges associated with the practice of anticipating students’ responses.

  • Moving beyond the way you solve a problem

  • Being prepared to help students who cannot get started on a task

  • Creating questions that move students toward the mathematical goal


  • 17 Oct 2020 9:27 AM | Anonymous member
    I recently was teaching about adding and subtracting integers in my remote class. I had a few students who were struggling with the concept. It wasn't my highest or lowest achieving students who were having issues, it was a group of students who typically identify themselves as liking math and being successful with math. After three re-teaching sessions, I realized that this small cohort of students had the same misconception. They thought that when you add or subtract integers and there is parentheses around a number it means you start there. They were trying to use order of operations when you don't use order of operations. I did not understand enough about where their thought process was coming from in order to create questions that moved them closer to the goal for adding/subtracting integers. Once I realized by working 1 on 1 with one of the students that this student had the misconception because she was able to verbalize it to me, I asked the other students in the group if they were trying to do the same thing and they were. I'm finding it challenging teaching remotely as many of my students are not willing to talk to ask questions, and for many they do not show themselves on video. I never realized how much I used all of the senses in teaching math until I lost the ability to use them all. I didn't have this issue in March with my students as a whole because I already had a relationship built with them, and because online learning was the only peer contact that my students were getting at the time so they were willing to put themselves out there.
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  • 22 Oct 2020 8:51 PM | Anonymous member
    This is actually one of my favorite practices. I love to try to think about how students might misinterpret a problem and the various ways to solve it. I might do it 20 different ways, and STILL I learn a new way from students in class.

    I think that the biggest challenge is finding that one key to helping stuck students get unstuck. I don't want to give anything away, and I try to ask nudging questions to get them to start SOMETHING that we can work with. I think that a lot of times, this comes from a student's insecurity in what they can and can't do, and it takes time and relationship building to have them trust me and to trust themselves.
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