My students are paired at all times. (I have tables for 2) Sometimes they
work in groups of 3-4. I encourage them to ask each other for help before
they ask me (I like the ask 3 before me approach). Communication between
students is very "telling". I like to go around and listen as one student
explains to another. If they can clearly explain something to another
student they reinforce their own understanding. I have my students keep
math journals and frequently use exit reflections at the end of a lesson.
This is another opportunity to get an inside view of their understanding. I
can often get to the heart of misconceptions by listening to a student.
Working in a group where they have to justify their results prepares them
for the work place when they may have to work as a group and convince their
group members. I also think it is vital that students see connections to
the real world for application of the mathematics. Pointless algebraic
manipulation serves no purpose. Some students are very adept at it but
haven't a clue as to how a linear/quadratic/exponential or logrithmic
equation relates to a real world situation. We talk "ALOT" about what kind
of model would fit the data.
My overarching theme is How Can The Study of Mathematics Help To Make Sense
of My World? & What Do Mathematicians Study? Patterns and Statistics are
primary to their study in 9th Grade math.
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> DQ1: From Session 1 - Questions to write and reflect
> What types of mathematical communication are you
> interested in trying in your own classroom? How will
> you go about doing that? What are you hoping to gain
> from this work?
> Liz's Response: I would like to teach that there are
> patterns everywhere and statistics that help us
> understand these patterns. I think realistic student
> activites involving banking and sales experiments
> using computers and technology can help me teach
> these. This type of learning will encourage
> multi-faceted communication, including student to
> cyberspace and back, and help break away from the
> instructor-led only model.
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