Reflection: High Expectations The answer is...4! - Section 2: Independent Practice


As much as I get discouraged in a heavily teacher-directed lesson to look out to confusion, confusion in this lesson is a good thing!  I am forcing them to think, to apply what they know.  There’s no other stuff to distract them from the cognitively demanding “big kid” task at hand—it’s just an opportunity for kids to show they understand about the number 4.

Sometimes, it’s easy to fall into the misconception that kindergartners are too young to solve problems or experience that feeling of being faced with a challenge and no clear or easy answer.  I disagree, and this lesson makes me  realize that we need to do more work like this! 

This lesson is fantastic for a shorter time period.  There are few supplies to worry about, and the kids really have an opportunity to stretch their thinking and learn from each other.  Why, oh why, didn’t I do this earlier!?

  When confusion is... cool?
  High Expectations: When confusion is... cool?
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The answer is...4!

Unit 10: Decomposing Numbers
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: SWBAT list equations that result in a sum of 4.

Big Idea: We are starting with the answer on this relatively short lesson that requires few supplies and virtually no prep work!

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