My class make more math mistakes than the other classes. And we celebrate those mistakes, understand those mistakes, and how to fix them.
AND THE KIDS ARE HAVING A BALL. Check out this video!
Every student uses a student whiteboard in a class setting when I am presenting an interactive math skill. The “real world” problem flashes on the class screen. Students use their whiteboards to figure out the solution. We discuss how the problem is solved in the real world and then ask the students to hold up their answers on their whiteboard.
I encourage “deep practice” and having each student “stretch” their minds into new concepts.
“Purchase a set of student whiteboards for your class. These boards are fantastic for many purposes. I like to use them when I am first introducing a concept to allow students the opportunity to write the steps or process as I am doing it, then practice on their own in a non-threatening environment. Even the most intimidated math-a-phobe seems less concerned about making mistakes when they are easily erased with a paper towel. I also use these boards when reviewing concepts before a quiz or test. Having students complete individual problems, then hold up their boards with answers circled simultaneously, quickly shows me where the misconceptions and allows me to quickly restructure our next step in the review.”
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