2+2 != Maths

June 28, 2011

They’re learning, just not what I’m teaching

Filed under: Musings — Numbat @ 10:36

One thing really struck me this week.  A Yr 7 class and I’m trying to introduce them to Spreadsheets and Charting.  I do the usual “smarties” experiment and ask them to do a bar chart and a pie chart.

The kids are really good, they’re engaged and actively working on their spreadsheets, when I overhear one student say “Hey, I’m gunna try every chart there is and see how it looks”.  As I was about to pounce on the student and direct them back to “my” activity, I think to myself “Why?  What’s the harm in letting them explore the different charts, how they look and how they alter their perceptions of the data”.

My only regret was that I didn’t have time to get back to those students and ask them for their opinion on which was the best chart to represent the data.

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