Reflection: Checks for Understanding Reasoning with Pythagoras - Section 4: Closing


It's not always easy for students to admit where they don't understand something, especially when working in groups. After collecting these papers, I could simpley correct errors and provide feedback. But....some students are experts at not revealing lack of understanding, and tag along silently within their group, copying problems and showing no sign of confusion on their papers. 

I've found that a good way of getting correct feedback from students can be simply by asking them....but not publicly. So before students hand papers to me at the closure of this lesson, or any other, I ask that they write "mm" on their paper, wherever they feel there was a "muddy moment".  In previous lessons, I've asked for a happy, straight, or sad face. The "mm" also works here and students can write these without being seen by group members. Once students make these indications on their papers, it is very important to address these, either by written feedback, or in person at appropriate moments. Sometimes I address the whole class clearing up a misunderstanding that one particular student indicated, without hinting why I am doing so. 

  To check understanding.....just ask.
  Checks for Understanding: To check understanding.....just ask.
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Reasoning with Pythagoras

Unit 9: The Pythagorean Theorem
Lesson 2 of 10

Objective: SWBAT measure the length of the hypotentuse of a right triangle and use this measurement to find other lengths.

Big Idea: Students strengthen their understanding of the geometric concept of Pythagoras' theorem.

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Math, Pythagorean Theroem, area (Measurement), Pythagoras, area of triangle, Area and Perimeter, hypotenuse, right triangle, Pythagorean Triples
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