White Board Practice: Instead of my traditional table challenge, today students each student will complete the practice problems on their own mini whiteboard. This will give me a good idea of the individual understanding that is taking place. Students will still be permitted and encouraged to talk with their table mates, but I want to see each student work the problems out (persevere with problem solving, mathematical practice 1). These problems will require students pay close attention to precision – signs, distributing properly – which is mathematical practice 6. This particular skill (simplifying expressions) is so crucial to moving forward with mathematics that I want to make sure all students are on target, and that I identify any misconceptions early.
Instructional Strategy - Table Discussion Students will discuss the scenario problem given as a table, and determine whether the student has answered the question accurately or not. I will call on several tables to share their thoughts, and their reasoning as to why they think it is right or wrong.
Homework: After the table discussion, I will pass out the assignment and allow students to begin working. This assignment includes simplifying expressions, perimeter, word problems, and distributive property. The assignment is a good review of topics learned so far in the unit. Philosophy on Homework