Reflection: Student Grouping The Tortoise and The Hare Project Day 1 - Section 4: Using Functions to Evaluate the Race


The grouping that I use in my classroom has really enhanced the learning that goes on.  My students are placed into homogeneous pairs with more advanced pairs sitting near pairs that struggle.  The homogeneous pairings have lead to richer conversations in class.  The more advanced students bounce ideas off each other and come up with some really interesting things.  Everyone benefits from the sharing of these ideas.  Higher level students are still available to help others.  I saw this today during this section of Student Work.  With 30+ students in a classroom, it is extremely hard to get around to everyone in a timely manner.  I have encouraged, and the students have embraced, asking each other for help.  They will compare with their partner and then with others sitting near them.  This has really helped keep the class work flowing even if I am not immediately available to help.  

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The Tortoise and The Hare Project Day 1

Unit 2: Modeling with Functions
Lesson 12 of 24

Objective: Students will be able to write and evaluate functions modeling a race between the tortoise and the hare.

Big Idea: Will the tortoise win again? Students will not only find out but write a mathematical story about it.

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