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!
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!

Instructional Planning

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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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!

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

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
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Whole-Group Instruction

Sometimes the only thing holding students back is practice time. It's amazing how much they can get done when they get themselves into a work frenzy. During Rapid Fire, we create a "controlled crazy" by playing techno music while students work in pairs to solve as many computation problems as possible in five minutes. This is a great strategy to use before taking the lesson to word problems, and provides a break from sitting quietly and attentively during the lesson. There is also always an element of choice in what the students want to focus on, helping them to adjust their self-evaluation for later on.

Assessment & Data

Assessment and data play a crucial role in a blended teacherâ€™s classroom. Blended learning gives teachers an opportunity to assess consistently throughout a class, in a way that drives instruction, impacts grouping, and assignments. Blended educators have to develop capacity to sift through multiple sources of data and synthesizes quickly into action. Check out how Daniel utilizes Assessment and Data here.