Hi All,

I'm a Canvas newbie who is interested in using the Discussion function in my middle school math classroom (primarily with 6th graders). I am a little hesitant with concerns that students will be distracted by the forum and not really dig deep into the math content. Any suggestions or recommendations for a first time Canvas user?

Thanks!

Donna, what are you planning on doing for your discussions? I teach statistics in higher ed and can definitely attest to the fact that math focused discussions (that are true critical thinking discussions and not just here's a black/white question now answer it) aren't easy to write and students do tend to find them a little difficult. I think it's the idea of actually THINKING about math that throws them off.

In general my discussions for this coming fall seem to be less directly math focused and more critical thinking about math. Some examples are providing articles that include statistics or the use of statistics and asking the students to discuss how credible the information is and what makes them think this. OR, having the students go out and find articles that utilize statistics - in good ways or bad ways - so making the students think critically about what they are reading to try and find an article and then assess it.

Something else I've done (that is directly math related) and that the students liked was to have the students write their own statistics problems and then other students had to answer the problem. Other students could chime in with whether they thought the answer was correct or not and at the end the original student who wrote the problem had to come back and say if people got the answer right or wrong.

Not sure if this is the type of information you're looking for or thinking about, but I hope it helps!