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Students Are Suffering From Low Academic Self-Esteem. Democratizing the Classroom Can Save Them.

by PRP Group, on 12/23/2021

EdSurge PRPI will never forget sitting down with Elijah when school began last year. As a 5th-grader, he didn’t understand the concept of multiplication.

I started at the beginning, teaching him that any number multiplied by zero is zero. Then, I taught him that any number multiplied by one is that number, one group of five or five groups of one is five, and so on. I made no judgments. I never made him feel like it was his fault. Eventually, he started to get it. He knew I invested in his learning, so he became invested, too. Pretty soon, Elijah was bragging to other teachers, “I know multiplication!”

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