We describe and analyze three episodes from mathematics classrooms. In each case, the teacher was confronted by a "contingent" situation that they had not anticipated or planned for yet that offered interesting and fruitful learning possibilities if pursued. In two cases, we analyze the teacher's response; in the third, we speculate how they might have responded. In each case, we propose that the teacher's ability to capitalize on these contingent situations is underpinned by their knowledge and awareness of the mathematical potential of the unexpected opportunity and by an interest in, and commitment to, mathematical enquiry.
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education|
|Early online date||31 May 2013|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|