Reflection: Student Ownership Choice Time Continued - Section 5: Group Share


Asking students to participate in a group share at the end of choice time may seem a bit unconventional because the students were working on different tasks throughout the class time.  However, I find having students share after choice time to be more meaningful sometimes, because their sharing is purposeful and authentic.  Rather than sharing about a common experience, students are sharing about something that was unique to them today. 

Because of this, the students are more articulate in explaining a problem they encountered, telling how they over came it, or sharing something they found interesting.  

These share's really help the students develop an understanding of how to communicate about their mathematical experiences by sharing examples, stating the obstacle, and then telling why they choose a strategy they choose. 

When students have been working on individual choice, and they know they have to share at the end, it also provides a reason to take ownership of their work.  Since I am working in small groups, and can't also circulate the room at the same time, we have to develop a community of trusting that everyone is responsible for what they need to get done.  By having a public share at the end, students are potentially more motivated to take responsibility for working productively throughout the choice time.

  Choice Time Group Share
  Student Ownership: Choice Time Group Share
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Choice Time Continued

Unit 1: Numerical Expressions and Patterns
Lesson 12 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use self-reflection to choose from various activities, based upon what work they think they need with patterns and expressions.

Big Idea: Providing choice helps keeps students motivated. Students move freely between activities as they practice what they have learned.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, choice, centers, Practice, Operations
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