|from the forthcoming mathematical|
blockbuster, Harry Potter and the
Chapter on Inequalities
I have written "deleted scenes" from unmade (or yet-to-be-made) movies to introduce new concepts by having kids do a readers' theater activity instead of lecturing. So, I thought, why not do the same thing for Talking Points?
The results have been much better than I expected. Because all the voices and rules come to them through their own voices, they seem much more bought into the guidelines. They also act as their own enforcers of norms, rather than my having to circulate around the room constantly on the lookout for infractions.
So here is a link to my deleted scene for having kids teach themselves about Talking Points.
I will also be using this scene in my NCTM workshop on Talking Points next month.
Let me know what you think!