Video: Preparation for Fraction Multiplication
This video shows students participating in a relevant and worthwhile task which provides them with an opportunity to deeply learn the skills and content that are goals of the lesson. In particular, the students learn through engaging in productive discourse. The students engage in discourse when they need to come to consensus on a solution to a word problem. In the process of coming to consensus, students explain their thinking, including their rationales. Other students need to provide counter arguments if they have different solutions and/or ask questions and comments about their peers’ solutions and thinking. This creates connected, turn-taking discourse where students are building on each other ideas (vs. just sharing stand-alone ideas). These discussions also provide a rich source of evidence of student thinking.