Ok, linking up with Sherrie for Week 7 of the MTBoS blogging challenge. Trying to blog every day isn't really working so I plan to at least commit to this challenge!
This weeks challenge is to blog about your goals for October. This couldn't have been a better topic for me!
My official goals this month are:
- Bring more struggle and frustration to my classroom!
- Take more pictures of students' work.
Friday in 6th grade was pretty darn cool. We had worked on solving problems with ratios on Thursday and I showed them how to use a bar model to solve them. They came in Friday groaning about how hard the homework was. So I told them we would go over the problems but they would have to do all of the work and that I wasn't going to show them the answers. It was perfect. They struggled and argued and proved their points and in the end found the answers they were looking for.
Just some shots of their work, I want to take more pictures in class!
It was very uncomfortable for them and I told them that that was how I expected class to be every day. They need that struggle and be frustrated but also have the determination to figure it out and finish in order to learn. I think they understood that. Thats why my main goal for October is to make more days like this.
I have some ideas, but what always gets in my way is the time factor. I only have at most 50 minutes with 6th grade (except for Friday which is their double block) so I'm still working on ways to do this. I told them that solving these types of math problems might take a few days and not to feel bad if they don't figure them out in one class period. It is a big change for them and I will really have to work hard at keeping them from getting discouraged.
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