RME classrooms rely on a culture of working together

This means that listening to what other students say is of paramount importance.

Careful listening enables students to engage in discussion with each other and get to the bottom of the problem they are dealing with… maybe without the teacher’s help.

When the teacher asks someone, “Can you say what Amira just said?”, this question emphasises the value of Amira’s contribution, without assessing her ideas. Students who know that they may be asked to repeat each others ideas will listen carefully. Formulating another persons idea in their own words helps everyone to make sense of a novel insight or strategy. As students become used to working in with RME, they are unlikely to need reminding.

 

The importance of listening and thinking about other points of view appears throughout our materials.

 

In this Activity Sheet from Seeing it Differently (N2), students are invited to think about what Emma would say. They must be able to describe her approach. This creates the foundation for the next question—why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you do if your students aren’t sharing strategies?

…Or if they all agree on the same strategy but you want to create a discussion?

This is where “Some other students said…” can help. Here is an example of a student using a formal strategy which turns out to be unhelpful, followed by an example of the same student using re-alloting to good end: