A challenge has been set

I have been given an unusual opportunity this year. My last class of the day is Honors Geometry and it is composed of primarily of students who have been identified as quantitatively gifted. So far this has been amazing! Every theorem we use gets proven, by the students, before it is accepted as usable. More often than not, students are figuring out the way forward, sharing it with their peers and refining it. For many of the students this is the first time they have been challenged to back up their positions and not merely praised for being able to follow algorithms accurately with little practice. We attempt to view math as mathematicians, not as students and definitely not as calculators (which too often is what high school math feels like). We are learning look at failure not as a flaw in our persons, but rather as an opportunity to analyze our missteps and using them to find new approaches. I hope to push myself, and them, to grow as mathematically-minded people over the course of the year.

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Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/teenagers/comments/8jdj08/the_formerly_gifted_kids/

Side note: I very much look forward to hitting them with these problems from the Math with Bad Drawings blog.

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