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In this clip, Hillary Lewis-Wolfsen asks the students to reflect on the re-engagement lesson on their "think sheets," invites them to revise their original assessments with red pens, and thanks them for their active participation.


5th Grade Math - Proportions & Ratios
Hillary Lewis-Wolfsen, Forest Park Elementary School, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont, California

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HILLARY LEWIS-WOLFSEN: Okay, a few of you, we’re gonna, only gonna have a few, another minute or two, because some of you need to finish up. If you were done, could you write us a little note on the back of your paper, um, let us know if there’s anythi-, questions that you had, anything you learned, anything that you want to let us know about the lesson today. Like I said, I know some of you are done. Those of you who are not done, and you want to use this last minute or two to keep working, you may. Okay?

SAURABH: You want to know an easier way? You know that there are 12 girls, right? There’s an easier way. There’s an easier way. You know there’s 12 girls, right? And there’s 3 girls for every 5 boys. So you can do 12 divided by 3 = 4. Then multiply 4 * 5, which gives us 20.

HILLARY LEWIS-WOLFSEN: Fifth graders, can I have your attention for one, one last thing? Thank you, those of you that are putting your tiles away. With the tiles, I need you to put them back in the bag very carefully. We have, we’re gonna be collecting those. I’ll let you do that for a minute, because I don’t want to talk over the top of that.

HILLARY LEWIS-WOLFSEN: And as soon as I have the tiles quiet and the voices quiet and the wiggles quiet, yes, your wiggles are making noise. Your wiggly bodies. I want to thank you for letting us all come into your classroom, and learn about how you’re thinking, and how you’re solving math problems, and those candies problems that you worked on, that paper? I’m going to be giving that back to Ms. Liu. I haven’t graded it, it hasn’t been scored. I’m gonna give it back to Ms. Liu with some red pens. And she’s gonna give you some time to go back, maybe in the next couple of days, to go back and make some editing marks, if you have anything that you want to change, or revise. Before you turn it in for the final draft. Okay? Does that sound like a good idea? Okay. What I would like you to do. Do you have a… how about if everybody passes your paper to your left, so all the papers end up over here. Oh, sorry! Yes, Ms. Liu?

MS. Liu: Just to make a clarification, can you, because a few of the students didn’t hear the directions for what they should write, and it seemed important.

HILLARY LEWIS-WOLFSEN: All right, I’d like to, we’re gonna go ahead and collect them as is right now. Okay?

HILLARY LEWIS-WOLFSEN: She’s so engrossed in her book! What book is it? Student: I like drawing.

HILLARY LEWIS-WOLFSEN: Ah ha! Is it a book fair book? Okay, we still have more tiles. You know what? Would you go around and collect the tiles? There’s a plastic bucket that they go into. Thank you, thank you! Any more tiles? Thank you, sir? Do we have all the tiles? It doesn’t feel like all the tiles. Oh! Well, thank you, fifth graders, thanks again for letting us come into your class, we’re gonna give you a round of applause. Thank you so much! And I’m gonna turn you back over to Mrs. Cargay.

It seems like there is never enough time, no matter how long we are given to teach a lesson. I love that Saurabh was captured in this one--for this lesson, he shined. I don’t know if his classmates had time to process what he was saying, but he was proud.