Feb 16, 2016
Good Lessons Sometimes Fail
Today was not the smoothest day in math. Could have been worse. But Jess and I were hoping for some light bulbs to magically go off. That did not quite happen.
Some days are just like that.
We felt that our lesson plans were strong. After the "I Can Teach Math" conference last week, we knew that we wanted to discuss the "distance" between numbers. We really had not used that terminology before but it made a lot of sense when they discussed it at the conference in relation to part-part-whole. Students need to have an understanding that subtraction is the distance between numbers.
We wanted to relate this concept to missing addend, as well.
And so the lesson began.
Didax number line to fill in the part of the problem that we knew.
I am not really "grrr-ing" at the students. It is my teaching that is the problem. It si not helping them to connect the dots.
So what do I do? Well....we go back to the drawing board. It needs to be more concrete and visual tomorrow. So that is what we will do.
We stopped, listened, reflected, and now we are changing.