Reflection: Trust and Respect Whatchamacallit - Section 3: Put it into Action


I assumed when I wrote this lesson that my students would only need about one minute per term, since some of the terms should be at least somewhat familiar to them, but that proved to be a false assumption.  They took the assignment to find appropriate math definitions seriously and worked hard to put those definitions into words they understood.  When I saw that it was taking longer than expected, I simply asked my students whether they wanted to continue working on the definitions or move on to the next part of the lesson and finish the definitions at home.  Someone asked what the next activity was so I described it and after some discussion they decided to finish at home.  This short dialogue let my students know that they have input into how they learn in my classroom and let me see that if my pacing is off, we can collaborate to adjust without losing much time.

  Trust and Respect: timing
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Unit 3: Algebraic Structure
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT utilize appropriate algebraic vocabulary verbally and in writing to interpret parts of an expression.

Big Idea: Tired of thingamajigs and whatchamacallits? Prepare your students for the vocabulary of advanced algebra.

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Math, algebraic expression, Algebra, Expressions (Algebra), algebraic terminology, Algebra II, master teacher project, 11th Grade
  55 minutes
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