Ramsey Musallam, chemistry teacher from San Francisco, California, talks about 3 rules to spark learning: (1) curiosity comes first, (2) embrace the mess, (3) practice reflection. Even though he is a chemistry teacher, these rules are clearly applicable to all subjects especially mathematics. Curiosity is the reason why mathematical conjectures are made and theorems are proved. The “mess” is what every problem solver go through, it is the hidden face of cut-and-dried theorems we found in books. Reflection is important to teachers and students. They can reflect on how students think and develop strategies on how to elicit responses, while students can reflect on their practices in solving problems.

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