Reflection: Student Ownership Dr. Seuss Graphs Part 1 - Section 1: Creating A Questionnaire

Today when we generated a list of questions that students want to find out aboutI was trying to find a topic of interest to my students. I wanted them to be invested in the information they collect, and all the more interested in the math that is attached to it.) My students wanted to know the favorite characters of their friends, what the most popular book was in the school, how old the books were. These questions were not mine, but theirs. They were excited to get the data back from other classrooms and create a graph because the data was their own.

Whenever students can generate meaningful data to manipulate in math, rather than use canned data from a book, or a teacher's imagination, they are more interested in the outcomes. If we can find a way for students to take ownership of their work, it will be more meaningful and worth their investment of time and energy to complete the related math, reading, or whatever subject they are engaging in.

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Dr. Seuss Graphs Part 1

Unit 16: Getting Ready to Multiply
Lesson 4 of 6

Big Idea: Lets graph something students are interested in. Favorite Dr. Seuss characters are something that students can collect data on, graph and interpret.

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Beth McKenna

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