Today, I had the opportunity to teach an Integrated Math I class, made up of freshmen, and we worked on triangle congruence theorems. If you don't remember them, good on you. If you do remember them, like me, it probably isn't a good memory.
So, to spice things up quite a bit, I recruited the help of Elissa, Kate, Bob, and Steve.
We started off with a WODB.
From there, we took some educated guesses on whether we thought a certain description would create congruent triangles, followed up with actually creating them. Fun times here.
Once the triangles were created, students went around and taped their products onto the appropriate poster, then reflected on whether or not the description would merit a congruent set of triangles.
The overall feel from the lesson is that I took a big risk by asking a group of new students to talk, work together, go around the room, and trust me. Looking back on it, I think it worked really well.
Oh, and I also had the chance to witness yet another skill that so many teachers have mastered, but never took a college course on... fixing those damned backpack zippers.
How do you balance the days where you take big risks and succeed with the days you take a big risk and it flops?
Happy "Big Risk" Fishing