Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Math concepts; jump right in

Yesterday's math lesson was a bit abrupt. We just jumped right into a new concept. If I had the luxury of lots and lots of time, I may have started the concept with a slower pace, but time is an issue when it comes to teaching all the concepts students are expected to learn, and I know that while jumping in makes a few nervous, does accelerate the learning of the concept for most students. I'll back track to make sure those who were a bit frustrated by the quick introduction get the attention they need for a more sensitive review.

Sometimes there's value to jumping right in, especially if it is a concept that you know most will be able to master without too much trouble, and a concept that children will understand more via practice than teacher talk. Today we'll continue to look at this concept with greater depth and focus. Let's see what happens.