Myth #3: In order to find a correct answer, you must always know how you got that answer.
While I was in elementary and middle school the method of teaching was rote learning. We memorized multiplication tables and formulas. Our homework consisted of completing drills. Because of that, I can often get the correct answer but may not be able to explain the logic behind or process of how I arrived at my answer.
This myth goes back to our discussion earlier in this course about meaning vs. method. Students will be more successful if they understand how to perform a math skill rather than memorize a rule. This author feels that students need both intuition and logic to be successful in math.
Myth #10: To solve a difficult problem, work intensely, and don’t stop until the problem is solved.
When my sisters and I came home from school we had to sit right down and complete our homework. This had a negative affect on my assignments. I would rush thru the problems, and be careless so I could go outside to play. On the nights my mother checked our work I would sit there struggling over a difficult problem and become very frustrated with the amount of time it was taking.
Now I often find myself leaving a problem and coming back to it later. I did this yesterday with a level 5 Sudoku puzzle. After a break I can see the problem with fresh eyes and was able to complete it without peeking at the answer.
Giving students the permission to leave a difficult question on a test and come back to it, is a good test taking strategy. Sharing the strategies we use when dealing with difficult problems, may help the students handle their problems more affectively.