Reflection: Student Grouping More Puzzles - Section 2: Put it into Action


I wasn't sure how well this lesson would work with the students I have this year because I only have a few who are advanced while the rest are still struggling with basics.  I intentionally assigned partners for the creating puzzles part of this lesson because this activity is different from a lot of what they do and calls on different skills.  I hoped it would give some of my mathematically weaker students the opportunity to shine so I combined students of different percieved abilities.  It went even better than I expected, in part because all the students were talking with each other about what they were doing and why.  I especially appreciated hearing one student, who struggles more often, challenge her peer to explain why he was choose to cut the problem where he did.  He tried to brush it off with a simple "because it works" but she held him accountable by saying "But I need to see how it works so I can do it".  Her partner then went into greater detail about why the cut was good and I felt like I was walking on air!  My students may not always understand, but if they can move forward asking for explanations when needed I'll feel good about what they've learned.

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More Puzzles

Unit 3: Algebraic Structure
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT identify components of complicated rational expressions. SWBAT interpret components of complicated rational expressions.

Big Idea: Let your students create their own "rational" puzzles and they will understand how rational expressions work!

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