In a grade 4 math class, students were provided with 3 graph questions. The teacher worked with a small group of students offering direct instruction and support, another group was working independently and then provided time to collaborate and a third group was provided a rich challenge problem and could collaborate and share ideas. THE RESULT = A wonderful flow in terms of rich conversations, engagement, student agency over their thinking and teacher opportunity to provide support for learners. When students are given choice in how to use the math to problem solve, deeper understanding results.
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