Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Teach My Lesson [MTBOS Blogging Initiative Week 4]
I applied this mind-blowing idea to a lesson I taught in January on indirect measurement.
Part of the Do Now for the day was to sit with a partner. Another part was to practice converting height measurements into inches. We went over the Do Now questions as usual, then my next slide said to determine who was partner A and partner B, and to fill in the table given to students as part of their notes with the height of each partner in inches.
Here is how I had the activity set up:
Each team came to the back of the room one at a time, and tested the measurement they calculated to see if it was accurate. If it is accurate, then the students can see each other in the mirror. If the students couldn't see each others' eyes, they had to go back and re-calculate. Some students thought it was the coolest thing, some students just asked "That's it?" (Honestly, I was surprised by the students that were excited at all.)
After students tested their calculations, they went back to their desks and worked on two more examples (from the Common Core Geometry Regents Exam). Overall, the lesson was a success, and the students and I enjoyed it much more than I thought we would.
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