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  • Julie Gonzales

    June 28, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    As a K-12 math specialist/coach in our district, I am very interested in the Notice and Wonder activities in class. Our new curriculums already have SOME of these questions in place (both elementary and secondary) but it is not a weekly activity (maybe every 2 to 3 weeks before the next one occurs). I am wondering if teachers would buy-in to making this part of their weekly routine and class culture. Since this is year two of our implementation of new curriculum, I am thinking teachers would be more familiar with where they could bring in this type of activity on a weekly basis. My job will be to convince them the time they spend on activities like this will help increase student engagement because students are choosing the direction of their learning.

    Here are my “wonderings”: 1) how does a teacher choose which pieces of information to withhold, 2) if students are struggling (because I might have chosen the wrong pieces to withhold), is this the point where I ask students what pieces of information would be helpful in making their thinking move forward?, and lastly, 3) do students choose which “wondering” to use as the question for their inquiry (which would drive my Type A teachers nuts and the majority of my secondary teachers are just this type) or do teachers get to choose the question for students to answer?