Day 4 has been the best day yet. I’m really starting to see the students “get it” when it comes to the Visual Pattern math talks, and we’re only 4 days in!!
Here’s a picture that sums up where we are:
This picture is a good summary for several reasons:
- I got a ticket out done in every class today! (Progress, wohoo!)
- The Green means “Got it!” while the pink means “Need help!”. Blue and Yellow are in between.
- Therefore many students get it, but several have a ways to go.
- This “Ticket Out” display still has a ways to go: I have to put the meaning of each color somewhere!
- The Ticket Outs are part of my big personal goal this year, and therefore this is meaningful in a lot of ways. I realized in the past that I’ve hesitated to collect some kind of formative assessment because then I might have to change what I’m doing. Reading (browsing) them all is enough extra work: changing my plans on top of that is even more! However, I’ve come to realize that this is one of the characteristics of good teaching: understanding the students well enough to adapt your teaching frequently. Recognizing that I didn’t want to put that much time in to adapt was a huge hurdle for me and one of the things that has helped me to actually have students do (and collect and read them). Each following day I try to read some and point out good answers and good mistakes (anonymously for the mistakes), and I think it impresses upon the students that I read these and care that they get it.
I’m excited for this year and we’re only 1 week in!
 Mostly because of a few that shout “I get it!!!” in the middle of our discussion.