How to Avoid Thinking in Math Class (Part 6)

Math With Bad Drawings had a terrific series on how students try to avoid thinking in math class. A quote:

I had a surreal moment this year. I’d almost finished a lesson when one boy, usually a hyperkinetic little bundle of enthusiasm, raised his hand.

“So, like, I don’t really understand anything you’re saying,” he informed me, “But I can still get the right answer.”

He smiled, waiting.

“Which part is giving you trouble?” I asked.

“Oh, you were talking about this extra stuff,” he said, “like the ideas behind it and everything. I don’t… you know… do that.”

I blinked. He blinked. We stood in silence.

“So is that okay?” he concluded. “I mean, as long as I can get the right answer?”

Here is Part 6: http://mathwithbaddrawings.com/2015/02/11/the-church-of-the-right-answer/

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