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### Pairing students up

Although in general, shy students feel more comfortable working in pairs, pairing these students up with outgoing and dominant classmates may not be a good thing. The shy or struggling student may fall into an overly passive role allowing the dominating student to “take over”. So, although I want to pair struggling students with more advanced ones in this activity, I think about how my students “tick”, and pair them up carefully as I hand each a pairing card.

Once students are paired I walk by each pair and give the group certain “suggestions” to avoid one student “taking over”. This could be a preliminary task like asking the shy student to do the writing, or telling the group that this student will be called on to explain a problem at the end of the activity. Another thing that must be done is helping these students’ self-confidence by saying things to the group as you walk by, which lets the more outgoing student know, that their partner has qualities that should be respected. I would say things like “You know Tom is usually very quiet, but he’s got a lot to contribute and knows what’s going on”, or “Don’t let Lisa’s silence during class fool ya, she is on target with everything”. I do try to be sincere about the comments, but always very positive.

In general,  students in some way or another seek acceptance from peers, and working in small groups is an opportunity to achieve this, so providing an environment in which they can participate without fear of judgment or embarrassment is crucial.

#### Creating your own Systems of Equations

ALGEBRA /My Betterlesson Curriculum » Unit: Systems of Linear Equations

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### Common Mistakes!

#### WP: Answer a question involving a fraction and a decimal

7th Grade Math » Unit: Expressions and Equations

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### Find Closed Shapes

Kindergarten Math » Unit: Know Those Shapes!
Big Idea: Students will explore their environment looking for objects that contain the four basic shapes of circle, square, rectangle and triangle. They will record the objects by drawing them in their shapes journal.

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### It's Time We Begin

3rd Grade Math » Unit: Time
Big Idea: Teaching students to tell time through engaging them in real world application is critical for transfer of learning.

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### Musical Math

7th Grade Math » Unit: Operations with Rational Numbers
Big Idea: Students review borrowing when subtracting fractions through an adapted musical chairs game.

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### Factoring and Completing the Square to Find Zeros

Algebra I » Unit: Interpret and Build Quadratic Functions and Equations
Big Idea: Quadratic expressions are reformatted by integrating background knowledge in factoring polynomials and graphing functions!

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### 1-2-3 Count With Me Video

#### Count with Me! 1-2-3 Exploring the Number Three

Kindergarten Math » Unit: Exploring Numbers 0-10
Big Idea: Many kindergarteners come to school with rote counting skills, but they often do not understand that the numbers they can recite actually represent quantities. This lesson helps to make that connection.

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#### Comparing Fractions

4th Grade Math » Unit: Number & Operations-Fractions
Big Idea: Given a set of unlike fractions, students will be able to explain and model which fraction is greater.

### Vacation Home

5th Grade Math » Unit: Test Prep
Big Idea: Give your ordered pairs to a partner, & see if they can create your dream vacation home for you!

### Measures of Dispersion

12th Grade Math » Unit: Statistics: Data in One Variable
Big Idea: One idea leads to another as students dig successively deeper into measures of dispersion.