So many ideas from Make It Stick and reading @henripiccotio and thoughts from @steve_leinwand regarding homework.
Here’s my first attempt.
Week 1 in class, I began with a look at Sol Lewitt to develop student questions, spent time with students doing Number Patterns, Open Questions like the Four 4s, Barfing Monsters to develop a sense of sharing ideas, tell me what you see, notice, wonder. I attempted to build a space that allowed them to share their own thinking.
Yesterday, I passed out a booklet with 4 problem sets for the entire week, here are a couple of them.
Needless to say, a work in progress. Each set contains 2 problems similar to our current in class work, 4 problems similar to last week’s work and 2 open ended questions (yes, they are a bit lacking, more reflection than open questions).
Today, I took some time before class to discuss self-monitoring on their practice. This is the system we will attempt to use. At the top of the sheet are #s 1-8. When they complete a problem, they circle it. If missed but a mistake, 1 slash. If an issue, the draw railroad crossing, which requires us to pause and look both ways…proceeding with caution. If correct, solid circle.
We discussed differences between a mistake (something they can correct on their own, they know how to do it) and misconceptions (where I step in if there’s a gap in their understanding).
The idea is to have a system I can flip through quickly and only pause at questions with “issues” without having to check all 32 problems. I have no idea how this will go. I explained my reasoning to students with the understanding we can adjust as we go along.
Today I placed answers on overhead. Asked students to put pencils down, check with colored ink, marking the correct answers in margins for later reference. As I walked around to spot check, it was a quick way to see common issues and address immediately with entire class.
I plan to give it a few weeks, reflect and adjust if needed.
I’m hoping I can be brave enough to stick this plan through. In class engage, explore, explain. Next week elaborate/enhance with focused practice. Following week evaluate/extend.
I’ll let you know how it goes.