Click here to watch a great video on skip counting. Notice the following:
1. The teacher’s use of think, pause, share, giving students a chance to to think before any answers are offered.
2. Talk and turn – “all students have a voice”, and a chance to share and learn with/from others around them.
3. Recording the results of choral skip counting allows students to look for, identify, investigate, conjecture about, and make predictions from patterns they notice.
4. “Agree/Disagree/Add-on” sets the standard that students are expected to critique arguments, reason, justify conclusions and predictions.
5. “I wonder why” removes the teacher from the “sage on the stage” role and creates a community of learners where the teacher can learn from the students and not just the other way around.
6. The use of chart paper instead of white board or SMART board preserves the concepts of the lesson. Notice the charts on the wall beside the students from prior lessons. The classroom is a math-rich environment where today’s lesson is not forgotten but revisited constantly through the displays on the walls.
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