Discovery Math Lesson: 3rd Grade Saxon

This shows students using 3rd grade Saxon math and an alternative to the old swap and correct method of going over math answers. The students are directed to find others in the room who have different answers. They then dialogue until one person changes his/her mind and thus changes his/her answer. Students are not allowed to "agree to disagree." This engages students in a depth of conversation like few other experiences. As the kids try to reach consensus, the teacher orchestrates the process and listens to what the kids are saying. This provides the teacher with valuable insight into how the kids think, and thereby directs further instruction. For more teaching ideas and further development of this teaching strategy, please visit

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