She has taught in K-12 for more than 15 years, and higher education for ten years.
Logical reasoning is a practical skill students need to learn in order to be successful in math and science courses.
The ability to solve the math problem and reason out the answer are both important as these help students be confident about the math they are learning.
Consider the following problem: If each bus holds 44 students, how many buses are needed so that all 154 third graders can go to the zoo?
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What’s missing is the reasoning part of solving the problem.
If students reasoned, they would realize that it is impossible to have 3 ½ buses.
In this case, that will give you a difference of three, and you can apply that to find the other numbers in the sequence.
In middle and high school, adolescent students are beginning to move from the concrete operational to the formal operational stage.