Knowing the answers

Curvy Board as Scale

Last week one of the 5 year olds at my school decided to use the Curvy Board as a scale today in an effort to weigh his little sister…………”I wonder how many bean bags it takes to make a Nina”:) As he delved into his rudimentary yet fascinating experiment, it reminded me of the unintended consequences of teaching the “proper” way to use items in the classroom.

Immediately I thought of an article I read about not “over-teaching” in the classroom. The article was written after two studies were conducted at MIT and Berkeley suggesting that by giving children the answers to a problem too quickly, teachers may be stifling creativity and problem solving skills. Here’s the link – please take a moment to read it and try stepping a back a bit the next time you’re in the classroom (or at home for that matter) …………


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