I attended one of Steve’s breakout sessions where he introduced his +/ 8 Slide Lesson guide concept with the notion of converting a “hohum” task or exercise into a rich and engaging one that supports learning. Steve took us through one of the lessons and I started to think about how I could incorporate this method of teaching into my mathematics classroom when I got back to school. I loved the idea of providing students with rich opportunities for discussion, problem solving, and reasoning, while embedded in real life contexts. Steve’s lessons allowed multiple entry points into the questions for all students regardless of their background knowledge and skills they have. Steve provided some questions for us to think about when designing +/ 8 Slide lessons.
I asked the question, “What could this look like in my grade 3 math class?” After some wonderful discussions with math enthusiasts from across the province, I decided to take a risk and use the 8 Slide Lesson in an upcoming lesson. I started creating a lesson using Steve’s essential guiding questions and his examples from his session for a lesson dealing with currency and understanding the value of coin collections (currency lesson guide & exit ticket). I chose to try out the lesson with seven other educators across my school division observing my classroom (no better way to receive feedback on a lesson than with fellow educators in the classroom). Reflection of Lesson: I thoroughly enjoyed this lesson and was amazed how such a simple lesson had such a powerful impact on student learning. What I found was:
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