Ella Hereth, Math Interventionist, Harshman Magnet Middle School, Indianapolis Public School.
Creating Productive math conversations
I’m a middle school math teacher and instructional coach. In my classroom I prioritize mathematical problem solving and conversation. This can be challenging to do in middle school because although kids like to talk, they don’t always know how to talk about math or work collaboratively. Wipebooks have really helped students make the jump to productive math conversations within groups.
Discovering Wipebook Flipcharts
I received my wipebook flipchart a few weeks before COVID-19 shut down in person school for the semester and I’m so happy I had a few chances to use them. I created 10 stations around the room that students used in small groups (2-3 kids) to solve problems together. (Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces). I love doing this for a couple of reasons.
- I think it helps 7th graders get their wiggles out when they get to move a little to work on something #thinkingclassroom. It can be a quick out of the seat group work break and then they can sit back down and be ready to try something new.
- It helps all the members of the group clearly see the work and talk about what is happening. It’s hard to do this on a paper and at a desk especially for those with small handwriting. Group work always seems to work so much better when it is a dry erase surface AND when it is bigger and on the wall
- .It encourages students to look at other group’s work also. When I want to show them something one group did, I can easily point to it. When the class sits back down again, I can walk up to one of the wipebook pages and talk about a student’s strategy.
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