Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Grouping or Sharing? - Section 3: Independent Work/Home Practice


Sometimes it is tricky in our profession to remember the people we are working with are 8 or 9 years old. Their vocabulary and methods of approaching tasks are so very different from the language of the standards given to us. 

It is a true daily practice to link what our charges say and do to what is required of them.  Often times we want the vocabulary from the "written word" and we fail to really listen.  I  think that in both of these clips, my students do a beautiful job explaining themselves and the correct solution.  I needed to let go of the "word" and listen to the reason.

Challenge yourself to let go a bit and see what they open up to you!

  An 8 Year Old Explaining
  Grappling with Complexity: An 8 Year Old Explaining
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Grouping or Sharing?

Unit 4: Understanding Division
Lesson 5 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to identify a division word problem as either sharing or grouping and communicate their reasoning.

Big Idea: Division is a complex task for children of this age. Realizing what information a word problem supplies and what needs to be found is fundamental and challenging. This lesson begins that challenge.

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Math, division, reasoning, strategies, communication, grouping, math debate, word stories, writing word stories, Critical Area
  50 minutes
group sharing
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