Reflection: High Expectations Can You Make (Part 2) - Section 2: Diving In


You are also going to have a student say “I already knew everything.”   This is always a funny one to me when it is one of my fifth graders.  I teach a multiage 4th and 5th grade students where my 4th stay with me as 5th graders.  I always get to have a little fun with a 5th grader because I can say “Good, because I taught it to you last year.  I’m glad it stuck!” 

But I don’t leave it there; I ask what they did with that knowledge to add to it.  Or how they would add to the lesson, extend it outside the classroom or make it different. I want my students to learn to question and challenge themselves a life long skill they will need.  I also have learned that if I am the one always giving out the challenge I will be exhausted. Too exhausted to come up with new, wonderful ideas. 

Because I do this I had a student who had moved on to 6th grade come back to me and give me written plans on how to add to some of my lessons after the summer was over!  It was wonderful and I knew she was still engaged even after she had moved on!

  I knew that already!
  High Expectations: I knew that already!
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Can You Make (Part 2)

Unit 8: Fractions
Lesson 4 of 8

Objective: The students will be able to list equivalent fractions with unlike denominators.

Big Idea: Equivalent fractions take up EQUAL space.

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