Basketball Problem: Basketball Problem

 
 
 
Basketball Problem
Students In Action
 
 
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Instructional Planning

Basketball Problem

The basketball problem is a built in way to teach the students about rigor. At the beginning of the year, we discussed how math is like an onion.  There are many layers and each one is more complex than the last. The "shot" is an opportunity to reward risk-taking and get the students really thinking about the most high-complexity questions that I can ask. For this reason, students are doubly invested in this part of class. One because they want to challenge themselves, and two because they want to get up there and take the shot. 

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Here is a sample question we would use for Basketball. Only the most rigorous questions make it up, and students know that in this class, it is ok if you miss!
 
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
Here is a sample question we would use for Basketball. Only the most rigorous questions make it up, and students know that in this class, it is ok if you miss!
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Assessment & Data
Kahoot! Quiz

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This is where the magic happens. Using my formative assessment data, as well as online content data, I pull students from Workshop to Tutoring each day. This targeted lesson allows me to reinforce ideas, and fix misconceptions as well as give an opportunity for students to feel like they are getting from me what they need. Branding is important to me, and Tutoring seemed like an ideal way to frame the station for the students. In reality, that is exactly what it has become, with students asking questions and embracing their past mistakes as opportunities for growth.

 
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