My New Learning
I just finished this mini course. The videos really make me excited to implement these strategies. I feel like I’m all energy with no clear direction of what to do first. There are so many things I want to try. Here’s a partial list just off the top of my head:
1. Figure out how to really incorporate the curiosity path etc. into the Illustrative Math curriculum that I’m required to use. e.g. Are the tasks written into the curriculum in needing tweaking to make this happen, or do I also need to bring in additional tasks?
2. Make reflecting on learning a PRIORITY. I read someone else’s post about student reflections using journals or notebooks. This is an area where I feel I’ve fallen short. I haven’t been intentional enough about having students think about what we’ve learned and where it fits into their big picture of math. e.g. What are the characteristics of proportional relationships and how are they different from additive relationships. How do you know which is which, etc.
3. Planning ways to include more concrete manipulative. Students always get excited when we have something to “play” with during class. These days need to be more the norm rather than the exception.
The one thing that prevents me from implementing more of these techniques is time. I feel the pressure of the “schedule” and it worries me that we will fall farther and farther behind.
<p class=””>Question: What percent of your classes (or class time) are these types of discovery/inquiry lessons? Do you also have days where students are working on procedural fluency with the concept they’ve discovered the previous day(s)?<p class=””><br>