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The discussion with the compare and connect model was very informative. It hit home how the same problem can be viewed in different ways. Using this discussion model during math boards and homework review will be great. I also really appreciate the time given to meet as a grade level. During this time, we were able to plan a worksheet that is more engaging than the workbook. We discussed what we were going to do, how we were going to do it, and when we were going to do it. Thank you!
Starting the class with the problem was a great way to reinforce what we read about targeted math talks in the Intentional Talk book. It was a great hands-on way to see a math talk in action.
Having time to collaborate and work together with my grade level is so valuable. Being able to spend time looking at worksheets that the students would be completing and changing them to cause them to think more deeply about the problem was very helpful. It was hard to think of the questions when we started but as we discussed it became easier. I am looking forward to seeing my students work on the division problems to see them think of the problems in a different way.
It is useful to include the Standards of Mathematical Practice in the discussion when starting the class with the problems. This has become a regular way for me to introduce our small group discussion when we start math. This is not part of my muscle memory by any means, so I appreciate this aspect. In addition, I was happy to know that these types of "big question" problems are separate discussions from our daily math lessons. I have felt pressed to do more math when I actually need to do more of everything. I thank the leaders for their insight and proper direction.
I enjoyed the side-by-side compare and connect. I am making sure to always have two of my white board panels clear so we can compare strategies and solutions with one another. I think it's so important for students to see their peer's solutions. They are learning more strategies and persevering when they take on a new strategy to show their thinking.
In regards to our class, I am truly enjoying the time to collaborate with my peers. THANK YOU!
Having the teachers actually do the compare and connect activity was very beneficial for me as it gave me insight as to how my own students would react to each other. It was very interesting to see how we struggled in our group to explain our processes to one another when the approaches were so different (i.e. concrete vs. abstract). Having the mathematical cards helped to guide our thinking and even though we only had a few at our table we really were using all eight!
Also, it was very helpful to have help from another peer who was thinking it through in similar terms. When one was stuck another had a thought to help both thinkers solve the problem.
I was unable to make this class. I am interested to try out the worksheet idea. I know certain students this is perfect for.
Like others, I'm enjoyed the side-by-side compare and connect. My students are now enjoying it as well. It's starting to really create an environment where all my students, whether they feel they are correct or not, feel as though their responses are valued. It's been helping them to learn new strategies from each other and helping them to persevere in their thinking.
I liked the when we as a class work on one problem. We are about to see how half the class views a problem one specific way and the other immediately solves it another. Then, having actually the teachers put it into words as to how and why the method logically makes sense. I like how I was reminded that it is not the student we disagree with, it's the work. I need to be reminded as to how to constantly make my class a safe environment for students to want to discuss math.
It was great that we were given a problem to work on and then a couple of people showed their strategy for solving the problem. They put it up on the board and then sat down. I love this! I have been having students put their work up on the board and then stand there and explain it. That really puts them on the spot. We are comparing and critiquing the work - - not the person who put it up there. From now on, I will have them put up the work and then sit back down.
I enjoyed learning new ways to dig into the content deeper without doing more problems, but just looking at fewer problems in more ways. It was helpful to learn how to make a boring worksheet into a more engaging worksheet.
I also enjoy hearing the thought process of others, as I am sure my students do as well.
I am thrilled each time Math Discourse Class is offered as I get to learn by watching and doing in the midst of other educators who are unafraid to think “outside the box” to solve a problem of the day. I cannot wait to use “Compare and Connect Strategy” tomorrow morning with ways to make ten and add on.
I am enjoying solving the problem of the day with the teachers at my table. I am also finding the class discussion and grade level discussion/ collaboration to be really helpful in expanding my understanding and application of new strategies and ideas.
During word problem of the day I have been working on having students explain their thinking and it is so interesting to see how some students see things a way I never thought of. I have also have students prove their thinking on the board and explain it as well. The hard part of me is not telling the students if they are correct or not.
My students love working on Problem of the Month. When given only one problem to work on they respond more enthusiastically with drawings, models and using various math tools. They also love to finish one level of the problem and move to the next level. The sharing out part of the exercise allows misconceptions and "ah-has" to come from them. For me as the teacher I feel a little liberated from making sure they've mastered this or that skill when I know that they are acquiring so much from discussion, making models and problem-solving cooperatively
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