I spent a lot of time thinking about this student reflection, and how I should comment:
Snippet from Student reflection about Pendulum Video and Case Study:
“…Also, should the teacher have stopped the discussion earlier? Maybe about 10 minutes after they had gotten the right answer instead of continuing for an entire 45 minutes. My only thinking for this is because they could be thinking too hard and I feel like they continued to steer away from the correct answer more and more. She either should have stopped it earlier or helped them steer in the right direction.“
Brian’s Comments to the Student:
I hear two great questions here: How long is too long to keep on discussing the same thing? And when should a teacher steer the class toward the right answer? So, I don’t have any answers for you. But I do have questions that I think are worth thinking about:
First, what in the video did you see the children doing that made you to think or feel the discussion needed to end earlier? In other words, can you support your claim with evidence from the video?
Second, I wonder if the decision to steer the children toward the correct answer or not depends on the “goal” of the discussion. If the goal of the discussion is only to get to the right answer, than I think makes sense to make sure that we all get “there”–to the right answer. But, now I’m curious: What do you think the goals of the lesson might have been, and what would it mean to make sure all the children got “there”?