Reflection: Perseverance Performance Task Lesson - LCM - Section 2: Exploration


One thing I really enjoyed about this lesson was talking with students about all of the different ways they were working to solve this problem.  Some students listed out all of the dates on their page, and worked to mark off the different jobs.  Others were able to 'skip count' the dates for each job (June 6, June 12, June 18, etc. for the lawn, for example).  Some resourceful students noted that there is a year-long calendar in their student planners, and they marked off the jobs in June/July 2014.

Not only did I enjoy hearing from students about what they were trying, but students were listening to each other and trying new approaches based on what their peers were working on (once kids caught wind of the calendar in the planners, that became a very popular strategy!).

I think it's really powerful to leverage students' thinking, especially when it comes to alternative problem solving strategies.  The more students are able to think of multiple pathways to problems, the more likely they'll be to persevere when presented with a novel problem...which is really likely on the SBAC (or PAARC, if that's your state) assessments.  I make time as often as I can to ask 'did anyone get to this answer, but solve it in a different way?'

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Performance Task Lesson - LCM

Unit 1: Number Sense
Lesson 5 of 19

Objective: SWBAT develop strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and problem solving skills.

Big Idea: Problem solving is important, takes significant time and repeated efforts, and requires reflection.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, division of Korea, factoring polynomial expressions, Decimals, multiples, least common multiple, Performance Task, common multiples, distributive property, greatest common factor, multiplying
  55 minutes
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