Despite years of research supporting discovery learning, many math teachers hesitate to try it. We didn’t learn that way and many examples have a dozen pages of explanation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It is possible to learn how to teach by discovery by simply substituting one direct instruction lesson with a short discovery activity for the same topic. In a single class period, students can evolve from one level of understanding to another: from something they already “got” to “get” something new, in seamless transfer.
For this reason, I have set up a new blog for collecting and sharing them, “Got it -> Get it Tranfers.” Please join me in spreading the joy of discovery learning: