The goal was to engage the students in the topics we are trying to get them to understand (determining profits - new topic). Of course, a simple application doesn't cut it. The plan was small group work for 10 minutes, then every 1-2 minutes a new group would come up and "add to the problem" slowly forming the process and understanding. Periodically I would interject and ask questions but mostly I just talked group to group never saying an answer was correct.
Here are my results:
- The students HATED the large "real" numbers. (my response was that they were the reality, not fake school numbers - they got past this)
- Period 1 did awesome - fully engaged except for 1 child who is making poor choices. They really liked it.
- Period 2 did fine but their struggles indicated a lack of knowledge in the pre-steps (served as a great formative - with things I can address tomorrow)
- The discussions in the small groups cannot be understated. They are the backbone to why we need to do these applications. Priceless.
- I was bombarded with questions after each class - the kids wanted to know the results - To be continued into tomorrow.
- NO TIME WAS LOST because this method replaced a lesson. In fact, I would estimate time was SAVED giving more time for depth!
- My kids stink at problem solving. If they are not handed the process they quit. This in unacceptable to me. MP #1