Understanding and Reading Problems: By the middle of the year, Mia is able to engage her learners in understanding and responding to the structure of a problem: “Is this a take apart problem? Is this a put together problem?” She is able to make reference to problems from the beginning of the year to help students identify structure. She notes that her students are able to explain those kinds of structural connections and identify similarity between problems.
How do you connect earlier learning to present learning, so that you and the students can “look for and make use of structure?”
These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Making Sense of Learning, Mia Buljan, 2nd grade," one of 10 practice-focused guides on building classroom climates for mathematical learning.
The videos document key mathematical practices observed in teacher Mia Buljan's 2nd grade classroom over the course of a school year. In the guide (available as a PDF or an iBook download), you can explore extended narratives and questions for reflection around "making sense of learning."
Day 3: Calling learners’ attention to the structure of a problem [Understanding and Reading Problems]
Day 110: Students develop different ways of showing and describing quantities [Finding Evidence and Justifying Strategies]
Day 158: Requiring students to identify quantities and connect them to the problem [Finding Evidence and Justifying Strategies]