Day 54 (of 184) teachable moments
It’s great when a days learning takes a sideways turn. What I thought (and intended) to be a 5 minute introductory session ended up lasting a lot longer.
While I intended to be focused more on subtraction strategies and skills was sidetracked by a cube.
Dice to be precise (and rhyme!)
Even more specifically, why all dice are made the same – with opposite sides totalling to the same number as each other opposite. I realized this would be much easier with an actual dice, but we persevered and ended up doing some abstract working around dice:
Looking at how 7 was the most frequent number to come up when two dice were rolled.
And discussing it.
And not just giving the answer.
It was a powerful learning moment when I was able to ask some questions and then in small groups see the students working together to explore (and share) possible solutions.
It was a great reminder that there can be great value in going ‘off-script’ to have a better -deeper- understanding of what the tools we use are and why they are tools that we use.