Our number of the day routine includes writing, spelling, and making a given number. We build math-muscle as we explain our thinking to each other – answering questions raised by our partner.
I love math and want my students to love it, too! Hoping to infuse a bit of passion into their routine, I tweaked the process last Friday.
Me: “Pick a number, over 20, and complete your number of the day booklet.”
Them: (with equal amounts incredulity and excitement): “Any number?”
Me: “As long as it’s greater than 20.”
Some jumped head-first into the cloud – challenging themselves more than I might have challenged them. They worked with excitement – fending off any negative feelings – as we sprawled on the carpet, and navigated the cloud together.
Others chose safer numbers. But, they too were stretched and challenged as they wondered, discussed and devised methods to show numbers greater than 20 given only 2 ten frames and blank space.
At first glance perhaps it seems like a very small innovation. Choice. But, the result was stupendous. Trust, freedom, choice, joy, thinking, learning and growth experienced by all. What could be better?
My thinking cap is on, imagining ways to continue to tweak and innovate within our routines!