Day 54 (of 184) teachable moments

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.

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About technolandy

Principal of Sorrento Elementary Educator pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Piloting ePortfolios
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