Sunday, August 10, 2014

Loved That Lesson! August Edition--Getting Ready to Teach Perseverance!

Well...it's my final "Loved That Lesson" of the summer...and September will have a REAL lesson to use!  For today, it's another "I can't wait to..." lesson!


So...what am I most excited about for this school year?  It's hard to say...with each year comes new challenges and new excitement--but one thing I started last year that I am SO excited to continue is to explicitly teach about the concept of "perseverance".

If you have read my posts about this in the past, you have probably gotten the feeling that I am passionate about teaching math and helping students learn to love math.   From the first day of school, I try to put students in situations where they are challenged and need to "persevere" to get to the finish line--and they need a lot of coaching along the way.  Many of them are used to things coming quickly and can easily get frustrated.  As a class, we practice encouraging each other and learn how to "help" without giving answers away.  It takes a lot of practice!

As the content last year become more difficult, I started to see a few more students start to struggle, so I figured it was time to revisit the idea of "sense making" and perseverance.  Together we reviewed what that meant and generated the following list.


I posted it at the front of the room and we referred to it often as we tackled our next units! I love coaching students through this type of problem...and I love to give them problems that have MORE than one answer...or even NO possible answer.  I want them to see that the journey is more important (when practicing perseverance) than a correct answer--don't worry...we talk about accuracy and precision too!  To start the year, however, I want them to take risks!
Cutting apart some tricky problems for my little mathematicians!
I keep a chart posted at all times with extra problems...there is never time for "What should I do now?"
We use our notebooks to glue in problems to work on our perseverance.  Sometimes we work alone...sometimes in teams.
Sometimes when a student has a really cool solution or organizes his/her work extremely well, I ask for the work to be transferred to a "learning poster" that we display and share.
So...I can't wait to teach my students about working hard and doing hard work!  Want one of my freebies that gives a great problem to use with your students?  Just click below and it's yours!  It's just a sample from my big "Perseverance Problems" resource--but it would be a great team problem solving activity in those first weeks.  Thanks for stopping by--and make sure to check out the other linked up lessons!



An InLinkz Link-up

By the way...check out my guest post today on Laura Candler's "Corkboard Connections" as well where I talk about ways to incorporate more vocabulary instruction and engagement.

15 comments:

  1. Great post - I love the idea of actually charting the ways to persevere - I find that my students give up way to easily... so actually teaching this skill instead of just reminding them to keep trying might just be the KEY! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Each year I feel I get a little better at teaching and expecting it--but the learning is never finished, is it--teachers OR students!

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  2. Love these ideas! I find that the kids who are seen as the best at math are often the ones who lack perseverance.

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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    1. I agree, Tara--students who have never HAD to struggle cannot LEARN to struggle...that's why I like to push ALL students--which means we really have to know each one as a learner.

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  3. Great ideas, as always! I pinned it to my math ideas board! Thanks!
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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  4. I think that almost all student struggle with perseverance. What a great way to work on it!

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    1. Thanks so much! If we can help them learn these skills in the early grades, think of what an impact we could make!

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  5. Great post, Meg! Problem solving and perseverance are so important. I love how you always have something for your students to do. Instructional time is too precious to waste!

    Donna
    Math Coach's Corner

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    1. Isn't THAT the truth! Thanks for linking up this week!

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  6. I love that you spend time teaching this skill! Most students want to give up way too easily when it comes to math problems (I'm thinking of my own daughter and trying to help her with her math last year! She would get SO angry when I wouldn't just show her what to do on those difficult story problems last year!) Thanks for a great post!

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    1. I think we've ALL seen it in our own kiddos--parents are the WORST teachers...just ask my kid!

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  7. I really enjoyed reading this post. I love the idea of the Perservance Practice pocket chart. It is great for early finishers. I am pinning that chart to share with others. I also love how you integrate the Standards of Math practice into your daily lessons. Thanks for sharing!

    Greg
    Mr Elementary Math

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Greg. I appreciate it a ton!

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  8. Thanks for the great post of teaching/reinforcing this important work habit. If you made a perseverance problem math bundle it would sell well on tpt. I would definitely buy it!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I actually DO have a perseverance problem resource in my store...many of the pics above are of my students using those problems. Here is the link. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Digging-Deeper-into-Problem-Solving-A-Resource-to-Teach-Perseverance-997255

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