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The six fifth-graders read and thought about the texts out loud as a way of gauging the degree to which they could analyze the tragedy historically, construct an interpretation of events, and judge the status and reliability of the two sources. Having not been taught to think analytically about such pieces of historical evidence, the students showed only some inclination to crossexamine the documents and intertextually judge their reliability. However, several students noted in a retrospective interview that they favored the second source because the eyewitness testimony in particular broad- 18 In Search of America’s Past ened their understanding of the event, as well as cued them to the different political perspectives the opposing sides had on what was happening to and around them.
Only some mathematics and reading lessons were taught. In consultation with Proctor, we decided to end my ongoing, daily participation with the introduction of these tests. However, I did return a number of times after that to take care of loose ends, conclude a lesson and a discussion that had been postponed because of the standardized testing period, and collect data from my eight principal informants. The class also threw me a party, where we exchanged mutual expressions of gratitude for opportunities offered and accepted during the preceding 4 months.
Which way did the bicycle go: and other intriguing mathematical mysteries by Dan Velleman