Reflection: Trust and Respect Two Powerful Shapes - Section 2: Two Powerful Shapes: Opening Activities

 

There will invariably be mistakes when students try to line up silently by birthday.  I really try to make this feel as natural as possible.  It's just not a big deal to be wrong.  We rearrange students and get on with it.

It's subtle, but this an opportunity for me to earn the trust of the students I've just met.  I'm demonstrating to students that it's fine to be wrong, that I won't berate you about it, and that it's just about the most normal thing that can happen.

With that in mind, notice that I'm not going to let it slide.  I'm going to correct you - gently, sure - but I'm not going to ignore the fact that we've eventually got to get this right.  That's a delicate lesson for an adolescent, and learning to receive feedback depends a lot on how well we're able to give it.

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Two Powerful Shapes

Unit 1: Number Tricks, Patterns, and Abstractions
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: SWBAT understand that the power structure of this class is better represented by a circle than by a line.

Big Idea: I want students to have as much power as possible in this class (and in their lives beyond it). Today, the course begins with an introduction to that idea.

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