Reflection: Student Ownership Figure it Out - Section 2: Put it into Action

 

As my students check their own papers they tend to accept whatever I say as the correct answer even if they got something different.  It is an ongoing challenge for me to get them to challenge these answers instead of just accepting that they are wrong.  During this lesson I tried something that seemed to be fairly affective.  I told my students that for every mistake they caught in my answers, they would earn 5 bonus points, but for every mistake they missed they would lose the same amount.  I came up with the idea as I was going over the answers because nobody was challenging anything, and I had to add terms as we moved forward.  Once I threw out the offer of bonus points my students started challenging every answer!  I added the condition that if they challenged they had to share their different answer and how they got it.  Being wrong wasn't penalized so this also enhanced the culture I try to maintain that the class is a learning community, not a race.

 

 

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As students check their own papers they tend to accept whatever I say as the correct answer and don't question how their answer might be equivalent or even better! It is important, and something I keep working on, for me to get students engaged in challenging and questions my answers instead of just accepting. 

For this lesson I tried something different which turned out to be very effective.  I told my students that for every mistake they caught in my answers, they would earn 5 bonus points, but for every mistake they missed they would lose the same amount.  Once I threw out the offer of bonus points my students started challenging every answer!  I added the condition that if they challenged they had to share their different answer and how they got it.  Being wrong wasn't penalized so this also supports our classroom culture that the class is a safe learning community.

 

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Figure it Out

Unit 6: Algebraic Reasoning
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: SWBAT solve radical equations.

Big Idea: Get radical! Build up your students perseverance while working with radical equations.

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Math, algebraic relationship, Algebra, rational equations, radical equations, Algebra II, master teacher project, 11th Grade, radical equations
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