I participate in several good discussion groups online. Currently I am enjoying a weekly chat about the book Making Thinking Visible, in the context of middle and high school mathematics.
I am really enjoying the chat: the other participants share great insights and we are all thinking about how we teach, and how we should be teaching, in order to facilitate deep thinking, and thinking about thinking, in the mathematics classroom.
But old habits die hard. Just today, in my classroom, as students were working on an inverse variation assignment, and asking questions, I found myself giving them too many answers, without prompting them to think further.
It was only as I gathered myself that I realized the opportunities I had missed to prompt thinking and questioning.
Will I ever learn? Can you teach an old dog new tricks? I am beginning to wonder.