Geoff Petty: Teaching students to speak maths (and other subjects)

Peer-to-peer dialogue and whole-class discussion can really get your students thinking, says Geoff Petty. Geoff is the author of Teaching Today and Evidence Based Teaching and has trained staff in more than 300 colleges and schools. 

Teachers begin their career worried about what they will do in the lesson. Later, they worry what their students will do. If they become good teachers, they worry what the lesson will make their students think about.

One answer is to get students into a dialogue where they can correct many of each other’s errors. Another is to get students arguing about alternative solutions in a whole-class discussion. In each case, it’s by arguing about maths that they learn how to make sense of it. And making sense of maths, is all there is to learning maths.

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