Reflection: Perseverance Division: Two-Digit Divisors, Part 1 - Section 4: Independent Practice


I ask my students to complete some pretty rigorous problems in their year with me.  In the early part of the school year, I work hard to build a culture of perseverance within my classroom.  Students will undoubtedly come across difficult and novel problems as they learn, and I do not want them to give up if they come across such problems.

Here are some of the moves I make during independent work time to foster a culture of grit and perseverance:  

  • Before students start to work, I'll say "Some of these problems might seem hard.  That just means you work harder."
  • As kids are working - "Dylan is showing perseverance with this problem right now.  He's read and annotated the problem, and now he's going back to try to draw a representation"
  • As kids are working - "Jeanette is using her resources right now, by looking back at the notes we took.  She's helping herself tackle a difficult problem"
  • When a student says "This is hard,"I'll say 'True story.  Tell me how you'll figure this out."  This happens often at the beginning of the year. 
  • If a hand goes up during independent work time, I expect that students will continue to work as they wait to hear from me.  I scan the room and acknowledge the hands to let students know I will make my way over.  At no point should my students have hands up in the air with a still pencil.  They can continue on to another problem if they feel they've hit a roadblock. 
  • If a hand goes up during independent work time - "Irelle, I want you to struggle a little more here.  Use the examples we did together to help you.  I'm going to check in with Chris, and then I'll be back and you can tell me what you've tried."


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Division: Two-Digit Divisors, Part 1

Unit 1: Number Sense
Lesson 12 of 19

Objective: SWBAT explain and apply the steps of the division algorithm to find the quotient of a three-digit dividend and a two-digit divisor.

Big Idea: The division algorithm is an efficient way to determine a quotient given any division context.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, division of Korea, factoring polynomial expressions, Decimals, division, 2 digit divisors, multiples, distributive property, greatest common factor, least common multiple, multiplying
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