My Latest Epiphany

So I just had an epiphany that I am sure everyone already knows but…

Walk around class with a mini-white board! Like when you’re helping groups and walking around during practice or whatever! How have I not thought about this before? If I wanted to show something to students I would always have to ask if I could write on their paper (which I really don’t ever want to do), or I’d have to say “wait for one sec” and then I’d go grab a piece of scratch paper, or I’d draw something on the board and then it’s far away from the group and then everyone sees it even though I don’t want everyone to see it. Why was I doing this?

So today when I was working with my College Algebra class on finding the explicit formula to some patterns (that I totally stole from Sam Shah’s post on Sequences and Series – it’s been great so far), I went over to a group that happened to be sitting near where I keep the white boards and I just happened to grab one to address what they were talking about and what I was hearing and then the light bulb went off – why don’t I always do this?!

So yeah, pretty obvious when you think about it. I have my students grab them every day if they want to work with them anyway. Now I have five more weeks to put this to good use!

This is also my first post during the school day! Fun fun fun

Comment j’ai travaillé jusqu’à présent sans cette idée???

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6 thoughts on “My Latest Epiphany

  1. I didn’t think to carry around a mini whiteboard until earlier this year. I stopped carrying around a pencil or pen to avoid writing on papers (and forcing me to ask better questions), but I still wanted some way of showing students an important idea. Carrying a mini-whiteboard is good move. I’ve also given every group of students a larger whiteboard from time to time to use to help each other or dump their thoughts on for me to reference when I stop by to help.

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    • Yes! The large white boards are my summer project. I was having kids writing on tables last year with dry erase markers at my old school but I can’t do that at my current school. I can’t wait to use the large white boards.

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