As you may or may not recall from our session last week, I had mentioned there are two homework assignments before our next session. The first is Mission #8. And here is the second:
- Choose a number sense routine like Quick Images or Choral Counting, or choose some other short activity like Estimation180 or Which One Doesn’t Belong? The key is the activity should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time in class. I also want it to be an activity you want to do with your students. I don’t want you to feel like this is some artificial task you’re doing to check off a box, “Yep, I did my Math Rocks homework.”
- Try out the activity in class. Pay special attention to what the kids are doing and saying.
- Take photos of any work that is shared. For example, if you do a number talk, take a photo of the board when you’re done. Avoid having students’ faces showing in any pictures or any identifying information.
- Write a blog post reflecting on the experience. Some questions to consider: (Some! Not all! You don’t have to write a book.)
- What activity did you pick and why?
- What kind of planning did you do beforehand?
- Was this the first time doing the activity with your class? How did you introduce it?
- If you’ve done the activity before, what are you noticing about your students as they continue to encounter it?
- How did the activity go? What kinds of things did the students say and do during the activity?
- What are you curious about?
- What surprised you?
- What frustrated you?
- What are you proud of?
- What would you do differently next time?
- Do you want to use this activity again with your students? Why or why not?
- Include at least one photo in your post so readers can get a glimpse into the classroom experience you’re describing.
- If you aren’t sure how to include a photo, here’s a how-to guide from WordPress.
- Tweet out a link to your reflection. Include the #ElemMathChat and #MTBoS hashtags.