This past month we have been given the assignment of attempting to make a shift in our classroom: "From mathematical authority coming from the teacher or textbook toward mathematical authority coming from sound student reasoning."
I don't know about you, but I'm hurting here. If you read my last post about the real world sucking, this is right up there with that. I'm one of those people, who needs (I mean NEEDS) validation. So, in my classroom there are my students who want validation and have always received validation, and there's me who wants to give validation.
So, I need help with my assignment here. I can't wrap my head around this and could use some advice.
My ideas so far:1) Students should try to make an educated guess right after reading a problem. This way when they finish, they can validate their answer on their own.
2) Students can look over each other's work and offer comments and advice.
Perhaps this assignment was made for me. We don't grow unless we step out of our comfort zone.
That's all I have. Any thoughts? What does this shift mean to you? Do you do this in your classroom? How did the students respond?