Teaching Math: A Pseudo-Socratic Approach

Karen Yancey

Karen Yancey ABE/Vocational Instructor at New Castle Correctional Facility for 15 years. Taught math, chemistry, physics and computer courses for junior high students through college level. BSChE from Purdue University; MS in Secondary Education from the University of Southern Indiana.

“Probably the most important skill that children learn is how to learn. … Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” — Roger Lewin (1974). The solution to improving pass rates on the TASC Mathematics test may be to ask students the right questions, rather than rely on demonstrating solution methods that students try unsuccessfully to memorize.

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