Reflection: Student Ownership Drawing Arrays - Section 3: Guided Practice

When I taught this lesson in my class, I chose to have the students work in pairs on the practice problems.  I paired my students heterogeneously to enable them to help each other.  It was interesting to watch them solve the problems and then check each others work.  Most groups were able to catch errors--I heard one student tell another student, "I'm going to teach you the difference between a column and a row now"  This was a powerful activity because it gave my higher students a chance to teach the skills that they had already internalized and it gave my lower students a chance to work with a teammate and continue to practice their skills.

During the practice session, I circulated, listened to the student conversation, asked guiding questions when necessary, and in only one case, re-taught a concept to the pair.  I was amazed to see how my students corrected each other's work, praised each other, and worked hard to finish the questions.

Students checking each other's work
Student Ownership: Students checking each other's work

Drawing Arrays

Unit 2: Arrays
Lesson 3 of 7

Big Idea: Students use their knowledge of columns and rows to draw arrays. In the previous days, students built arrays--drawing arrays is a more abstract skill that forces students to visualize the array and internalize the concept of columns and rows.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Operations , Staircase of Complexity, repeated addition, multiplication, arrays, models
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