Putting their skills on display for parents, kids learning math in a new way confidentially team up and proudly show off how they work together to solve multiplication problems.
Mark Pettyjohn’s fourth graders put on interactive lessons during their Math Celebration for their parents, kindergarten buddies, and classmates.
Abby Whittaker and Edison Stamp featured the problems they challenged everyone to solve on a poster they made. Parents learned from their children how to find a number’s product.
“We’ll give you a few minutes to think about it,” said Abby after presenting the problem of 1x2x3 to solve. “Some grown-ups do things the old-school way.”
They distributed paper and pencils to the group and asked them to solve the peoblem. Each person found the answer, 6.
According to Pettyjohn, traditionally math is taught by a teacher who presents the lesson, and students solve problems aline, and then in a group, and then do homework.
Instead, Pettyjohn presents the problem,gives students time to work on their own, and use visual aids. Then they form a small group and talk about ways to solve it.