Posted in Questioning, Solving Equations

Solving Equations Questions

When we began our first unit in Algebra we wanted to set the stage for good questioning and not just wrote note taking. Here are a few of the questions we used with our table groups so students would talk and form knowledge about what we were learning. We encourage students to debate with each other and provide solid mathematical evidence to support their thoughts.

  • Variable
    • At your table, discuss the variable in the problem and how you would solve for it: 2x-4=10
  • Operations
    • 4x+8=18 How do you use inverse operations to solve this?
  • Coefficient
    • Locate the coefficient(s), what happens to the coefficient when you solve.
      • 5x=3x+2
  • Expression vs equation
    • How could you make this expression an equation? Now solve at your table.
    • 3.5x+12

When are are finished with each section, we ask the students what they think would be important to write down. Some write a lot, some not as much. It’s important for them to learn how much information they need for their own learning.

Posted in Questioning

Questioning Tab

I loved taking notes. I’m probably one of the few students in my class who took pride in my notebook and wanted neat orderly notes with colorful dividers. I’ve never looked at those notes since the class ended. I don’t remember much about what was in them. I mostly wrote down what the teacher told me to write and didn’t have to think about it much. I don’t want this for my students. I want them to talk about what we are learning, debate their thinking and really dig into the knowledge.

One way I’ve found to do this is to ask guiding questions and then let students discuss at their table. You can search from the side menu through the questioning posts or you can go to the questioning tab at the top where I will curate all the posts with guiding questions. If you have suggestions, please send them through the Google Form link in the menu.

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