Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Twist It - Section 1: Set the Stage

I specifically chose a very simple, Algebra I level equation for the first part of this lesson with the idea that my students could easily rewrite it in terms of x.  I was surprised to learn that several students struggled with this, either because of lack of confidence or low skills or both.  Those students who were on track were able to work on the board, but I spent a bit more time than anticipated ensuring that the majority of my students could do rewrites.  I paired each "weak" student with a "strong" one and had them work through some additional examples that I posted on the board - just variations of linear equations.  For the remainder of the lesson, I gave extra support to the struggling students as needed.  I included this in my reflections because I think even after the Common Core Standards become the norm, we will still have students who come to our classes with gaps.

Scaffolding
Diverse Entry Points: Scaffolding

Twist It

Unit 5: Creating Algebraically
Lesson 8 of 10

Big Idea: Game On! Students create rewriting games to practice skills and build understanding of rearranging formulas.

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Math, algebraic expression, Algebra, Linear and Nonlinear Equations, Algebra II, master teacher project, algebraic methods, 11th Grade
55 minutes

Merrie Rampy

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