I’m not going to lie. I am tired. I’m going to sum things up by simply stating . . .
We did some sharing of strategies, and students enjoyed sharing some of the new ways to organize their work. I am pretty sure we are ready for some additional place value challenges, but I really wanted something to set the tone for the type of classroom environment we expect in math. Math is more than filling in the answer on a worksheet. What did we come up with?
There are many ways to solve problems. When you learn from others, you add to your strategy bank. When you get stuck, try another approach. When you are frustrated, find a strategy to get unstuck (OK . . . I’m going to be honest. I had about 5 kids who got stuck and had NO strategies to get themselves unstuck. Blog post coming soon . . .)
Anyhoo . . . the journey toward better mathematical understanding and learning behaviors is underway. Stay tuned!