Well…it’s my final “Loved That Lesson” of the summer…and September will have a REAL lesson to use! For today, it’s another “I can’t wait to…” lesson!
So…what am I most excited about for this school year? It’s hard to say…with each year comes new challenges and new excitement–but one thing I started last year that I am SO excited to continue is to explicitly teach about the concept of “perseverance”.
If you have read my posts about this in the past, you have probably gotten the feeling that I am passionate about teaching math and helping students learn to love math. From the first day of school, I try to put students in situations where they are challenged and need to “persevere” to get to the finish line–and they need a lot of coaching along the way. Many of them are used to things coming quickly and can easily get frustrated. As a class, we practice encouraging each other and learn how to “help” without giving answers away. It takes a lot of practice!
As the content last year become more difficult, I started to see a few more students start to struggle, so I figured it was time to revisit the idea of “sense making” and perseverance. Together we reviewed what that meant and generated the following list.
I posted it at the front of the room and we referred to it often as we tackled our next units! I love coaching students through this type of problem…and I love to give them problems that have MORE than one answer…or even NO possible answer. I want them to see that the journey is more important (when practicing perseverance) than a correct answer–don’t worry…we talk about accuracy and precision too! To start the year, however, I want them to take risks!
|Cutting apart some tricky problems for my little mathematicians!
|I keep a chart posted at all times with extra problems…there is never time for “What should I do now?”
|We use our notebooks to glue in problems to work on our perseverance. Sometimes we work alone…sometimes in teams.
|Sometimes when a student has a really cool solution or organizes his/her work extremely well, I ask for the work to be transferred to a “learning poster” that we display and share.
So…I can’t wait to teach my students about working hard and doing hard work! Want one of my freebies that gives a great problem to use with your students? Just click below and it’s yours! It’s just a sample from my big “Perseverance Problems” resource–but it would be a great team problem solving activity in those first weeks. Want to give some of these problems a try? Here’s a free sample.
Ready to just jump into the full resource with 24 perseverance problems?