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Traditional lessons are planned and structured. The lesson starts with the teacher. The teacher tells the students exactly how to do the math for the lessons. Most of the time we are providing them with one way to solve the problem. We provide notes as a roadmap for later. The students copy the work of the teacher. When they get the right answer, we say they have mastered the skill. For students that are below level, they will need some intervention because the lesson started above their level. The enrichment for the students that are successful will happen once they have shown mastery of the lesson content. Most lessons are independent of each other. The traditional lesson seems to take away the student’s ability to think for themselves.
This lesson is also planned but is structured off of the students. The lesson starts with the students. The notice and wonder engages the students. As the teacher presents the problem for the students to solve, it allows students of all levels to start at their level of knowledge. The intervention or enrichment for all students can happen in the lesson. The lessons connect content.
My reservation comes from it feeling like you are giving up control. What if we don’t match up to the pacing guide? How do you build the culture in your classroom, if the students don’t know where to start?