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Helping Your Child Explain Their Math Thinking

Explain your thinking... Make a model and explain your thinking... Explain how you know this isn't the right answer... On every math assignment that my students get, one of these sentences is bound to be attached to at least one problem, and often these short sentences can frustrate and confuse my student and their parents. Why explain thinking if they already got the answer right? Why model something when they know how to get the answer mentally? Most argue that it just seems like educators are trying to make kids do more work. Most adults didn't grow up explaining their thinking when doing math. I vividly remember not being allowed to show work in the margins of my multiplication drill tes

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