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5th & 6th Grade Math – Multiple Representations of Numeric Patterning

Clip 14/14: Numeric Pattern Faculty Debrief - Part C


In this clip, Margie Trainer reflects on her role as a coach during the lesson and the teaching and learning that occurred.

Teacher Commentary

I had planned to have learners explore all 5 representations in this lesson. We started with the numerical representations of Learners A and B. It turned out to be challenging for many of my learners to represent these numeric representations mathematically. We never made it to the other representations today. Earlier in my career, I may have been tempted to push through and “finish” the lesson I had planned. I made the call to stay on pictorial representations because there were so many great conversations happening in the classroom and there was also a considerable amount of disequilibrium in the room. Had I pushed through to quickly get to the graphical representation, then we would have missed out on some great discourse and reasoning. I really like Stacy Emory’s description of how learners might gain a deeper understanding of pictorial representations and how to model a function by looking more closely at the relationship between the numerical and pictorial relationships.