This is what happens when you don’t post in way too many days! Digging through the pictures on my phone…
Making sense out of solving proportions using algebra. One student had previously learned to use cross-products but could not explain why it worked. I loved hearing another be able to justify why he multiplied x by 10 and why that had to happen on both sides of this equation.
Introduced Mr. Slope man and overheard one table debating his expression. Is he sad because “math is so hard,” or perhaps he’s just winking at us? Another decided he was simply deep in thought about slope.
Several discussions took place regarding multiplying and dividing decimals. My favorite parts were the connections students made to prior knowledge–how to use something they already know (fractions) to tackle something “new” or “hard” or to make sense of some memorized trick. Their favorite part was imagining me being arrested…”If I can just take decimals out and move them or put them back anytime/anywhere I feel like, I shall be leaving for vacation tomorrow after I alter someone’s 500.00 check.”