Discussion: How do we create a "thinking" classroom?

Hello colleagues, Peter Liljedahl, upon visiting an 8th grade math class, concluded that the students in the class were NOT engaged in thinking! These students had been given a complex problem to solve (e.g., this "Lewis Carroll problem ... If 6 cats can kill 6 rats in 6 minutes, how many will be needed to kill 100 rats in 50 minutes?). Most of the students  were unable to solve the problem and were eager to give up.

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