Powerful mathematicians make connections when learning. We have learned over time that math is more than a set of rules to remember and procedures to follow. Math has evolved into the process where we ask ourselves why we do certain things in addition to how we are going to solve a problem.
In math classrooms today you will find students breaking apart word problems, sitting in small groups, and talking with each other about how they will tackle a problem together. It is important to remember that we have not always taught math this way. While memorizing multiplication tables, working out fact families, and using the order of operations still have a place in math instruction, we now have a better understanding of what it takes to make math processes stick for students.
By using cognitive engagement strategies in the classroom, we open up a deeper understanding of math in the real world for students. We make it possible for them to move beyond traditional rote memorization. We introduce them to a new way of thinking (and working through math problems) that will stick with them throughout their lives.
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