It is a magic moment indeed, when you capture authentic student learning on video!
It was just an ordinary morning of maths in my classroom. We were moving from hands-on measurement investigations to more abstract tasks. I was aiming to stretch the students to generalise and transfer their understanding.
I noticed 3 students organically form a group, in order to attack a complex problem. I stopped to listen to their dialogue. As my camera was dangling from my wrist, I pressed record and watched with ever-growing joy.
While solving one problem, these students demonstrated:
- effective collaboration (including skills of listening, paraphrasing, posing questions, presenting ideas and a wonderful willingness to engage in cognitive conflict)
- enthusiastic communication from ESOL learners, (as each student was determined to be understood and advocate for their ideas)
- problem-solving strategies (including analysing the question, working backwards, checking the solution, demonstrating their working)
- persistence and commitment in the face of challenges