I want to tell you why I love this picture.
I took this picture this morning in Lansing, MI during some wonderful small group math talk. There is one device, an iPad, with an Osmo setup attached to it.
So, here’s why I love this picture.
There’s tech and…
… manipulatives and whiteboard markers and collaboration. Tech fits among the variety of tools available. It’s not the best tool unless it best supports the learning. And sometimes other tools work better. And in this case, the students were being led into learning with all the different tools.
The activity is built around the social nature of learning.
The kids are clearly sharing their answers with each other and the teacher… there is a constant back-and-forth, sharing ideas and discussing them. They were seeing each other ideas, but…
Their strategies aren’t all the same.
One girl is using an array. One girl is using groups of three. One girl wasn’t quite sure what to do (so it was a good thing she could see the other two girls’ work.)
The teacher’s hands are off.
The students are doing the reaching, arranging, manipulating. Remember, the one that does the work will be the one that does the learning.
That’s why I love this picture. it captures so many wonderful things about the right kind of teaching and learning.