Reflection: Student Grouping Distributive Property - Section 3: Class Notes


One of my goals this year is to increase the student to teacher talk ratio in my class. I try to limit my total talking time within one 90 minute lesson to 20 minutes, asking other students to explain and review topics we learn in class. When I taught this lesson this year I decided to introduce the box method only to students who seemed to need the visual organization, thus minimizing my talking time at the front of the room. Instead, I introduced the term “distribute” and then showed students an example of a set of word problems. These are included in the alternate worksheet resource within this reflection. I showed them how to distribute using these examples and then replaced one of the numbers with a variable, reviewing the distribution steps once again with algebraic terms. Then, I split the class up into 2 groups: 1 would practice independently or in groups of their choice, the other would learn a new visual strategy for distributing with me.

When selecting the students who would work with me and the visual organizer, I made sure to select students who struggle to participate due to lagging skills. The plan was to teach them the strategy through the use of multiple examples. I then asked them to pair up with other students who did not know the strategy yet and teach it to them.

I also added a competition piece by explaining that pairs would earn points based on their exit tickets that day. It was a great way to encourage cooperative learning in class. It also allowed students who do not often get an opportunity to shine to feel special in teaching something to another teammate. 


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Distributive Property

Unit 3: Expressions and Equations - The Basics
Lesson 4 of 23

Objective: SWBAT distribute positive integers to simplify expressions by working in randomly assigned pairs.

Big Idea: Students are randomly assigned to groups to distribute positive numbers

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