Reflection: Trust and Respect A Student Driven Review - Section 3: The Whole Group Decides


I learned how to do this a long time ago from a dynamic science teacher I had in college. He had us do this process and I remember thinking about how I felt. The process gave me a feeling of confidence because there is a noble amount of trust the instructor shows through letting students take ownership.

I always get surprised by the misconceptions that turn up that you didn't think were there. One of my top students announced for their team's idea that there are no commas in word form. Now what went through my head was " How did you think that?" as I replayed the lesson in my head. But, I kept my mouth shut and let it all unfold. 

And for a moment, no one disagreed, and then one meek soul said " I don't think that's right, do you Mrs. K?" I was able to jump in and ask her to explain, and when she did, the class realized what she was saying was true. I breathed a sigh of relief. I am always amazed at how these dialogues produce the accuracy.

When they all heard it stated the second time out loud, they could conceive that it wasn't an accurate statement.  I don't think the student who said the original idea felt badly about being off base, because no one really said anything ...and he responded with an "Oh yeah...that's right, I remember now. " His whole team fell in line as they look it all up in their original notes. I always bank on  that there is some other person in the room that may have the same misconception and it is a good way to fix it together...sometimes discreetly. Everyone is engaged and on task. You know that when you hear them groan if some other group already uses their idea.


When the statements are made that are not accurate, let it ride to see who comes up with the correction. It was surprising to me how the weaker students often 

I saw my established community today work together to get a great study guide written. I expect great things on their quiz. It is like magic...and everyone feels great about having a good study guide.


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A Student Driven Review

Unit 11: Place Value
Lesson 14 of 14

Objective: SWBAT work collaboratively to create a study guide for their quiz.

Big Idea: In preparation for their quiz on reading and writing multi digit numbers, students create their own study guide.

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Math, Place Value, Number Sense and Operations, Language Arts, Student Choice, student accountability, estimation, expanded form, word form, standard form
  70 minutes
practice quiz for reading and writing numbers to one
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