There are many pedagogical moves in this lesson that I tried for the first time. Bare with me.
First after hearing Peter Liljedahl and Michael Pruner talk at the Canadian Mathematics Educators Forum I tried this lesson with visible random groupings (VRG) of size three and the students did their work on vertical non-permanent surfaces (VNPS). These are two ideas that Peter and Michael presented at CMEF 14 that I thought made sense and could transform my teaching.
First visible random groupings- the idea is that every day students see you make the groups randomly. Hopefully this will break down social barriers. Hopefully this will enable students to collaborate. Hopefully this will put students on the edge.
Vertical non-permanent surfaces. Non-Permanent allows students to make mistakes and take risks when working on a problem or activity. Vertical makes the work visible for all to see. Knowledge can easily be shared around the room. One pen / marker / chalk - person writing cannot write their own thoughts. Hopefully this will help with collaboration within the classroom.
More about VRG and VNPS at another post. (I think these two ideas are awesome!!!)
Shout out to my buds in the Limestone District School Board who triggered the idea for this activity. I would not of thought of it without them. Great idea. Hopefully they like what I did with it.
DAY 1 DATA COLLECTION
And my afternoon class had these results: