Some students perform way beyond what I anticipate, and sometimes there is a challenge I do not expect. For instance, during the warm up several students decomposed numbers far beyond what we had practiced in class, and although we have often used subtraction as a way to "name a number"; the student that used the subtraction strategy today had never felt comfortable doing so on her own. Conversely, during our ten frame discussion, I had to really prompt students to use the term "tens" and "ones". We use these terms daily in class, so I was surprised that no one used this as their first strategy.

Some students perform way beyond what I anticipate, and sometimes there is a challenge I do not expect. For instance, during the warm up several students decomposed numbers far beyond what we had practiced in class, and although we have often used subtraction as a way to "name a number"; the student that used the subtraction strategy today had never felt comfortable doing so on her own. Conversely, during our ten frame discussion, I had to really prompt students to use the term "tens" and "ones". We use these terms daily in class, so I was surprised that no one used this as their first strategy.