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  • Making Math Moments that Matter Challenges and Problem Shooting

    Posted by Terri Bello on August 24, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    In the Lessons 6-4, Misconception #2 No Text Book or Worksheets, I was super curious about ways to create games from worksheets. It talked about Speed dating, and a couple others and shared there would be more information about them below. However, I could not find the links, is this purposeful withholding information ? Or am I looking in the wrong spot and if so can you direct me to where I should be looking?

    Also, I find that where I get stuck in the planning and thereby teaching is in anticipating my students methods for solving a problem during the three act. I wonder if in part this is because I was taught in a more traditional math class and as a new math teacher, I am still learning my own flexibility in problem solving. Also, with that I then struggle with how to properly guide the students with my questioning. I notice I fall into a pattern of getting stuck and then in a panic falling back on a more traditional method, even within the three math act framework.

    I hoped this course would help me along this journey, while the material has help me grow a ton it has not felt as directly helpful around this particular challenge. I think it is highly likely that when I get back in the classroom I might still be stuck around the above obstacles. Any suggestions on how I can better address these challenges, which I see as 1. better predicting student solving techniques, and 2. how to appropriately question students and hold space for meaningful struggle?

    Jon replied 2 years, 6 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Jon

    August 25, 2020 at 9:06 am

    @terri-bello Thanks for the suggestion. However, when I look at that lesson the links are showing for me. Have another look?

    We’re glad the course has helped you grow a ton, but it’s also a course that’s like a gateway. It opens your eyes on what you could do and how you could change approaches to lesson design.

    It sounds like it did just that. It helped you identify where you need to focus your growth next.

    To get better at anticipating student solutions I found that I needed to explore myself different ways to represent and model mathematics. As a traditional HS teacher I knew just the one way. It wasn’t until I learned about how to use a number line, or algebra tiles, or ratio tables for example that I could start to see the connections in models so that I could help my students. I also found it super important to know where students were coming from and know where they are going. Knowing the landscape as Cathy Fosnot calls it is super important in deciding on where a student is on their learning trajectory. If we know where they are on that trajectory then we’re better equipped to point them in the right direction.

    Having said all of that I also know it will take practice in the classroom and it takes a brave teacher, like yourself, to dedicate time to that practice.

    Your possible next steps:

    Since you’re an academy member you could take our course on Fundamentals of Math to see the “where are your students coming from part” .

    Lesson 5.2 and Lesson 5.3 of the course you just finished tackle strategies to determine the landscape. You could also listen to episode 24 with Cathy Fosnot:

    Remember too that we’re here to support you on your journey. Feel free to keep this discussion going. Posting support topics in the Water Cooler area will also gain the attention of members here in the community who will reach out to help as well.

    Let’s keep growing.