Since Fawn's similar triangle lesson was so beautifully written here, I pretty much printed out her blog post and ran the class verbatim. I quickly realized that my students are not as enthusiastic problems solvers as Fawn's and it's because I don't let them struggle enough. I'm working on it. They struggle a little, but … Continue reading Day 137: Application of Similar Triangles

# Productive Failure

# Day 104: Right triangle trig with words

I printed the questions on cards and gave a set to each group to encourage collaboration. I just gave them to the students. No instruction, no fancy schmancy notes. They learned through struggling and did great! [update 2/28: Look! Research to support productive failure!]

# Algebra frustration applying skills

I am writing this with next school year in mind. I don't want this to happen anymore: In my algebra 1 class, we have been working with polynomials. I would like it to be more real world / project based, but when we started this unit, I was so swamped, I had nothing to use, and I … Continue reading Algebra frustration applying skills