Reflection: Rigor Introduction to the Brace Map - Section 1: Teacher Background Knowledge and Preparation


      As I've mentioned in some of my other reflections in this unit, I've always expected a great deal of my students.  But after the year of tremendous growth that I've experienced with the Master Teacher Project and as I've watched my students exceed my expectations at every turn, I feel as though I've underestimated them at times.  This lesson happened to be one of those time.  I did this unit at the beginning of the year, and, if you've taught 1st grade for a while you know that when students come to you at the beginning of the year, they're really just taller kindergarteners.  I didn't really have an independent practice section when I taught this lesson.  I guided my students through the whole lesson.

     Several months have passed between the time I wrote and edited this lesson.  Now as I reflect I say to myself, "What was I thinking?  Of course my students can handle it!" So I've beefed up the guided practice section, which now gives students get plenty of practice, and they'll know what to do during their independent work section.  The independent work is where they break down their home - a familiar concept to them - into parts.  The lesson is much more rigorous and aligned to the standards now and I can't wait to teach this lesson again since we are setting the foundation for future success in our classroom.

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Introduction to the Brace Map

Unit 9: Introducing Thinking Maps
Lesson 8 of 8

Objective: SWBAT write about whole to part relationships using a Brace Map.

Big Idea: In this lesson students will learn how to use a Brace Map by taking familiar objects (the whole) and breaking those things down into its parts.

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