One of our teachers came told me today that he had was having a discussion with one of my former students about multiplication.
The discussion went something like this:
Teacher: "multiplication is doing repeated addition."
Students: "That is not what, Mr.So told me."
Teacher: "What do you mean?"
Student: "Multiplication is using groups and when you are doing repeated addition you are not unitizing but adding."
This was in a grade 4 classroom and I taught the student in grade 2 when she was starting to learn multiplication. I have always tried my best to show the mathematics in everything that we teach. I know that many students may not get it right then and there but I expose them to language and big ideas as much as possible. For me it will allow students to understand later on as they develop the skills.
Now as I said before I have always wondered if what I do is correct but when I see that my students retain and then prove their thinking based on what I taught two years later, it does make me feel good, as well as, validate how I teach and why.
This is just one small moment this fall. In fact it was quite hard to think of the BEST learning has this year has been a whirlwind of learning but thought this was just one of those stories that make you smile.
What has been your best moment?
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