Something to Think About…

“Remember that we all climb the hills differently. We take different paths, different steps, and different journeys. We each reach landmarks in different ways and at different times. If we push or pull children up the hill and make them practice our steps, our ways, or, worse yet, drop them by helicopter at points of the journey without the climb of getting there, we may get them up the mountain – but they won’t own it. They may reach the vista, but they won’t feel empowered by the climb. They won’t take on the next hill in the journey. And most important, they won’t have learned how to climb, how to mathematize their own lived worlds. If, however, we support their steps, work with them as young mathematicians, the climbs and the vistas and the joys of the journey will be theirs forever”      C. Fosnot


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