Math Talk Monday

The students are starting to take on more responsibility for their own learning. Our Math Talk took a little longer this week because the students are recording their own thinking on the iPads. They are very excited to type the words themselves and to pick fancy backgrounds.

Tinkering

Today was our first “Tinker Tuesday”. On Tinker Tuesday, students will be given a challenge. I am hoping to inspire them to find solutions and modify their thinking when things don’t go according to plan. We want students to take more risks when they are creating and to learn from their mistakes. By focusing on the process, students take responsibility for their learning and begin to understand that there are many ways to solve a problem.

When you are playing with your child at home, you can encourage this type of thinking. Challenge your child to persevere through difficult tasks. Ask them if they can find another way. If they are building with Lego, can they rotate the bricks to make it more stable rather than just giving up? Encourage your child to tinker at home with everyday materials. If you are looking for ideas google: STEM or STEAM ideas for kids.

 

Our first challenge – Create the longest paper chain that you can using the following 3 materials : 1 piece of paper, scissors and tape.