Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Out of Bounds - Section 1: Set the Stage


As my students were working and discussing I walked around observing and listening.  One interesting conversation made me feel optimistic about using collaborative work for my class.  A student observed to his partner "Mrs. Rampy's friend needs to work faster so she can make more money." His partner replied "If she's only working by herself she can only work so much or she'll burn out.  Besides, maybe she doesn't want more money, she just wants enough for what she needs."  Student #1 responded "That's dumb, why wouldn't you want more money if you could get it?"  Student #2 concluded "Because not everybody is greedy.  Maybe that's why we're supposed to work with these limits instead of more hours.  Let's get this done and see what she really does make."  This dialogue encourages me because in spite of the mercenary nature of some of the discussion, these students were definitely engaged in solving this problem and showed understanding of the constraints as more than simply equations.  

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  Discourse and Questioning: student discussion
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Out of Bounds

Unit 5: Creating Algebraically
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT represent constraints by equations or inequalities.

Big Idea: Find your limits, or at least find the limits to the equations and inequalities in an assortment of problems.

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Math, algebraic expression, Algebra, Linear and Nonlinear Equations, Algebra II, master teacher project, algebraic methods, 11th Grade
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