We teach a subject not to produce little living libraries on that subject, but rather to get a student to think mathematically for himself, to consider matters as an historian does, to take part in the process of knowledge-getting. Knowing is a process not a product.
– Jerome Bruner
In the video clip below, 6th grade Math teacher Lawrence Kuh guides students through a lesson that incorporates many facets of quality instruction, using the ShowMe application. This is a great illustration of what a lesson in a Common Core aligned classroom looks like. Notice how students are engaged in a rich mathematical task in which they are asked to:
- Make sense of a problem
- Persevere in finding a solution
- Communicate and critique their work and the work of others
Classroom Formative Assessment & iPads
Lawrence also does a great job of facilitating students’ development of 21st century skills such as the use of technology and media literacy across content areas.
And finally, we see many other components that promote student success: clear expectations using rubrics, formative assessment using whiteboards, students engaging in both peer and self-assessment, as well as descriptive feedback detailing what students have done well and what they need to continue to work on.
To see a few of the students' videos, including their explanations of the problems (and occasionally some energetic debate) check out Lawrence's class page for the project here.
I would love to hear some examples of strategies or tools you have used with your students, to encourage rich interaction with content.