Saturday, January 12, 2013

A New Approach to Teaching Linear Math - Day One

Well as I said I would, on Thursday I introduced my students to the options they could choose from to practice their linear measurement.  When they left school on Thursday I left them with the job of thinking about what they would do on Friday for math.

Friday's math time came and went and I have to say I couldn't be happier with what I saw.  My kidlets were engaged and on task the entire time. I saw rulers flying all over the place and terms like "centimetre", "measure", "ruler", "don't forget to start at zero" filled the air. There were smiles. Lots of smiles. There was lots of learning too.

Take a look for yourself.

Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the two boys who are creating their own individual iMovies. They travelled around the classroom measuring, and documenting through photos with voice added. I can't wait to be able to show you their movies too.

Take a look at some of the things they posted on their blogs just after one day.

Yaksh , Sukhleen , Kaleb, Jaydan , and Maryam.

It wasn't a success for everyone, as I figured it might be the case. A couple of kids tried to move from station to station with out actually doing anything at the stations so we had to put in the rule that you had to complete a task before you moved on.  You had to have something to show for your time at a station - but more specifically you had to MEASURE something. I think Monday will be a better day for ALL of my students.

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