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Precision in Our Classrooms
March 16, 2014

Precision in Our Classrooms

I just finished reading "How Children Succeed".

I'll give you a little context on the quote I want to share with you.

Imagine you're a middle school boy in a Brooklyn public school.

You are in a chess club that is preparing for a huge championship.

Your teacher is having you walk through your previous game to improve your strategy.

She asks you, "This next play is where you went wrong. Why?"

The student begins to blurt out an answer without thinking.

Then she says this quote: "Remember, when I ask you a question, you don't have to answer right away. But you do have to be right."

When I read this I had a lot of mixed thoughts.

I thought about "Is this good?"

I thought about wait time - and the amazing power of giving children time to think.

I thought about correct answers - and the value of students truly knowing content enough to answer a question 'right'.

I thought about the rapport she must have with her students - and how she knows that they have the answers and just need time to think it through.

I thought about how in schools we "want kids to try" - but in the job field, there needs to be precision. Are we teaching children how to be precise when we allow them to answer questions without deep thought or accuracy?

I would LOVE to know what you think about this.

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