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Standard 1: Make Sense of Problems & Persevere in Solving Them

Clip 19/29: Standard 1: Making Sense and Perseverance Using Graphs and Tables Part 1


Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution...They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt.

Jake Disston works with his middle school students to deepen their understanding of the connections between different representations of functions—graphs, t-charts, and equations. In this clip, he begins the period by challenging his students to work at their tables to group the cards they have in front of them, creating as many different groupings as they can, and devising language to describe each group. Disston's colleague Jesse Ragent then asks the students to do a "matching game." He passes out sets of tables and equations to the students, and challenges the students to "find a triple"-- an equation, a table, and a graph that all make up a "family, triple, or set".

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(Parts 1 and 2)

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