How can teachers help children to develop reasoning skills? What is reasoning and how do we teach it? Much is being said in schools and education about the importance of reasoning skills. This book explores what reasoning is and what it is not. It includes examples of how reasoning in primary mathematics and science classes can develop. It shows how a connection between the ‘skills’ of mathematics and science can help children to gain a better understanding of reasoning. What is a conjecture? What makes you think? What makes you think about your thinking? What does reasoning look like? With links to classroom practice and examples of effective teaching throughout, this book not only provides an exploration of what reasoning is and why it’s important - it also show you how to develop children’s reasoning skills in your classroom.
Using prediction, conjecture and hypothesis to promote reasoning
By the end of this chapter you will:
- be clear about how prediction, conjecture and hypothesis assist learners to develop reasoning in science and mathematics;
- be clear about how prediction, conjecture and hypothesis by learners assists learning in both mathematics and science;
- have seen a number of examples of prediction, conjecture and hypothesis in science and mathematics which you could develop in your own classroom;
- know why prediction, conjecture and hypothesis are part of the skills of reasoning.
This chapter will show that having learners use prediction, offer a conjecture or make a hypothesis is a very powerful vehicle for promoting thinking, and therefore reasoning, in both mathematics and science. Making assertions ...