Welcome and thanks for stopping by for Math Monday! I'm so glad I didn't get a post up last night or this morning before I went in to school because today's math learning is far better than my other ideas.
In taking a step back and rethinking my math workshop and instruction, I realized I had my students engaged in problem solving but they didn't have ownership or understand the 8 Mathematical Practices. The 8 Mathematical Practices are truly the things mathematicians do to live a mathematical life. Readers read books. Scientist observe. Writers write. Mathematicians work with numbers and problems.
Using the book Putting the Practices into Action reviewed in an earlier Math Monday post, I launched some work today to understand the first mathematical practice; Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them. Susan O'Connell and John San Giovanni give great ideas for explaining and showing children how to understand each mathematical practice. What I really like about their primary suggestion for this mathematical practice is to work with the same data/information each day with a different problem to solve. We did a lot of thinking and I asked a bunch of guiding questions thanks to Susan and John which led my class to discover we are doing a lot of thinking before we can even answer the problem.
To summarize our learning, we created an anchor chart with our ideas. I hope this might help you. The actual chart building is based on the work from Marjorie and Kristi @chartchums on twitter and their blog is Chartchums.
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