Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Context Problem Practice - Section 2: Differentiated Classwork: Think Dots for Trigonometry


I wanted to give students a different working experience as they took on some challenging word problems.  I wanted them to have an opportunity to work others, but I didn’t want them to be held to the time it takes four people to come to an agreement about how to solve a problem. 

Today I put students in pairs and asked them to roll a die to determine which problem they should work on, which created an element of fun and surprise.  I also decided to post an answer key at the front of the room so that students could self-assess as they worked.  Giving students a different participation structure engaged them in their work and allowed them to work at an appropriate pace.

  Differentiating the Learning Experience
  Diverse Entry Points: Differentiating the Learning Experience
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Context Problem Practice

Unit 12: Triangle Similarity and Trigonometric Ratios
Lesson 8 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to persevere in solving real-world trigonometry problems.

Big Idea: In a differentiated activity, Think Dots, students will be able to choose how they work while moving around the classroom.

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Math, Geometry, Trigonometry, problem solving, trigononometry
  90 minutes
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