Where is there choice?
Graphic Organizer? Liz is not seeing choice within this strategy, and Octavia opens it up to the floor to discuss how to incorporate choice. Kim makes the point that this may not incorporate choice, but it is necessary as it provides the students with a tool for their kit to solve problems in the future using choice.
Choice of expression is a cloudy/murky issue. A clear definition of what it is seems to be lacking, as much of the conversation is about what is expression especially in a content area that is normally looked at in a concrete manner. Ideas to bring that into math could include allowing the students to explain their answers without much scaffolding or providing the students with multiple means of solving the problem without prompts or a direct objective/purpose.
Bottom line: Octavia is planting the seeds and providing the tools for students to moving forward express themselves.
Kim follows by describing how her students were allowed to choose an image that is a reflection of their own writing on a subject matter. The students have not yet reached this point in the assignment,because the students are slowly coming along in completing the assignment. Kim, learning from the examples of last weeks discussion, decided to provide more prompts that she hoped would help her students better and more completely share out their reasoning behind the choices they made. There’s some uncertainty in regards to what the students are struggling with (is it explaining themselves as discussed last week or the actual skill of finding supportive text within the text?).
Back to the pillar: students are picking their image, but Kim is not giving too many parameters just yet because she wants the students to explore their ideas without a teacher’s input.
Where we going next?
Video, professional reading, or student work? George suggests professional reading because as a team we appear to be struggling with the concept of choice and applying it to our practice.
Octavia “I don’t know why we chose this pillar. I think it’s because we didn’t know what we were picking.” She supports moving forward with professional reading to better support what we have decided to do moving forward to provide more direction.
it’s important to stay the course, and since choice of expression appears to ooze out of other content areas, its application in math is going to be focused on because of the emphasis being put on it due to common core.
A spit ball of ideas: Math talks, use of the knowledge center, finding professional reading.