Should students be required to "show" their work?

Requiring students to show their work in math can hamper deeper learning, instructional coach and consultant David Ginsburg writes in this blog post. In addition to giving students the option to show their work, he suggests asking students to explain -- out loud or in writing -- how they reached an answer. "A problem with requiring students to always show their work is that it risks emphasizing mathematical procedures and computation to the exclusion of mathematical thinking," he writes.

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