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  • How to choose the best task

    Posted by Vanessa Wright on May 22, 2019 at 7:52 am

    With so many awesome resources that can be used, how do we choose the best one, especially when I want to do all of them?

    Kyle Pearce replied 3 years, 2 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • George Garza

    Member
    May 22, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Pin them up on a dartboard and have at it?

    Just make sure you facilitate the task properly.  If you listen to the latest MMM podcast, #25, they want that you need to be clear to know what the students should get from the task, and solve the task the way you anticipate your students will.

     

    The great thing about teaching is that the choice is up to you.

  • Shawn Hershey

    Member
    May 24, 2019 at 11:56 am

    George is definitely right, but I also look at the ratio of time with would take the set up the problem or the materials for the problem vs what the kids will get out of it.  I think that is huge for me since I only have 40 minutes to teach.

  • Kyle Pearce

    Administrator
    May 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    This is a great question and super common. More and more I’m realizing that it’s less about the task itself and more about your intentionality of what you hope to achieve with it. George and Shawn have provided some great insights here and I’d argue that focusing on what you want to elicit is key… Finding ‘a’ task and thinking longer about how to make it achieve your specific goals will probably be the best use of time, IMO.