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MemberMarch 31, 2020 at 5:04 pm
Again, the coffee maker analogy is excellent! I also love your visual representation showing how two different expressions can be equivalent.
Now, the question is balancing opportunities when time is of the essence and when it isn’t. “Rush” implies limits on time. Our curriculum in the middle grades by definition means time limits to fit everything in in one year. Common Core was meant to correct the “mile wide inch deep” scope but is still plenty unwieldy. State end-of-course exams still need to be passed.
As teachers we need to constantly gauge prior understanding. Students may need just a quick review to move ahead; other times prior skills or concepts that weren’t mastered need some delving into. This is where your curiosity path looks intriguing for moving students along. I can’t wait to try your ideas!
It looks like we may not return to school this year. Next year will likely be a big adjustment due to the unevenness of home learning.