Reflection: Modeling Solving Problems involving Volumes of Solids - Section 1: Heavy Modeling


I had been doing a lot of student-centered stuff throughout the year, but the increasing rigor as we got further in the curriculum was starting to wreak havoc. Students were complaining that they weren't receiving enough support (i.e., "teaching") and I was frustrated by lack of results. So I decided to shift gears and really get teacher-centered. I modeled problem after problem after problem. I explained things until my voice was almost gone. I was bored out of my mind and I don't think my students got a huge kick out of it either. But still, I feel it was the right thing to do. There was important information to get to students and it wasn't stuff they were going to discover.

So, would I spruce up the presentation some and make it more fun? Sure. But I don't regret the decision to go old school teacher-centered and show and tell students how to do what I wanted them to be able to do. 

  Shifting to Teacher Centered
  Modeling: Shifting to Teacher Centered
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Solving Problems involving Volumes of Solids

Unit 11: Measurement and Dimension
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: SWBAT solve complex problems involving volumes of prisms, cylinders, pyramids, cones, and spheres.

Big Idea: This is where it all comes together...In this lesson, students use skills they've gained over the course of the year to solve complex and challenging problems.

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