The full quote:
For children (and adults) who have always considered math to be memorized rules, the experience of mathematical thinking — though difficult at first — can be as refreshing as a hike in pure mountain air.
As in hiking, so in math: It’s not the destination that matters, but the journey. Yes, you could give your students a rule that would help them get correct answers, but that’s no better than riding a helicopter up the mountain.
Slow down and take the time necessary to let your children fully explore these concepts.
— Denise Gaskins
Prealgebra & Geometry: Math Games for Middle School
Excerpted from my upcoming book, Prealgebra & Geometry: Math Games for Middle School, scheduled for publication in early 2021. Sign up for my newsletter to get updates.
CREDIT: “On the edge” photo by Joseph Gonzalez on Unsplash.