Wednesday, August 14, 2013
As I observe teachers teaching in the middle school, the practices representing understanding of these concepts include teachers guiding students, and giving them the tools with which to explore and discover not only what the answer is, but why. For the 4th quarter, teachers move to geometry. Using interactive figures and manipulatives, we have students investigate how changing the height of a figure with a fixed width changes the area and how to represent this algebraically. Students are engaged in small groups, reflect on what they discover, and communicate their findings in a whole-group discussion.