Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Math Joy & the Number Line - Section 3: Independent Practice


There is a lot going on in this lesson.  The steps—all of them—can be super challenging for some of my less experienced buddies.  Some kiddos just want to “play” on the iPads and randomly select numbers with no consideration for addition.  Even for the turkeys who are doing okay with addition and trying their best to work the steps, the addition of number line practice is a lot.  I didn’t want to do so much guided practice, but it was necessary.  When I had to continue guided practice for a handful of kiddos even during the independent section, it was hard not to be discouraged.  But I hung in there.  I almost lost hope when I recorded the video, but looking back, it was a bit exhausting, but it wasn’t a lost cause.  By the end of this admittedly long math lesson, something “clicked” for everyone.

The differentiation was huge—and getting to see those top kiddos have to shift gears and really solve a problem was exciting.  Seeing them successful was even more thrilling.

And while my most confused learners never got fully independent, there was something about having those extra moments to work closely with them while the other students were practicing individually.  It is critical to hold high expectations for all, but specialized support and concept development is essential.  Were students at varying levels?  Definitely.  Did every student experience challenge… and success?  You bet!

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Math Joy & the Number Line

Unit 1: Addition on the Number Line
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT use a free iPad app to help practice sums to 5 on the number line.

Big Idea: Free iPad apps are the best! This app utilizes sums to 5, perfect for beginning number line work, and kiddos transfer the problem to a page with a number line for practice.

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