Maths teacher Brooke Powers gave her students a task on probability and comparisons, which came with no ‘right’ answer. It turned into a big, messy, wonderful discussion about the fact that there’s not always a right answer, and that maybe that’s not what the class is about anyway.
From her blog:
I am on a desperate search to find out who or what broke my students. In fact I am so desperate that I stopped class today to ask them who broke them. Was it their parents, a former teacher, society, our education system or me that took away their inquisitive nature and made math only about getting a right answer?
According to Powers’ blog, it became a teachable moment in the end, but it sounds like she’ll be doing some soul searching for a better way to teach maths, and one that’s about something other than the right answers.