I wanted the children (ages 8-11) to spend some time work on improving the quality of their descriptions of shapes that we had explored last week. The children looked at some descriptions other pairs had made, and then we discussed what made a good description of a shape. I recorded their responses on the board:
I created sheets that had five examples of childrens' descriptions for each shape (see example below). There was an empty cell (bottom right) in which they could make a 'best description', combining what we had discussed and the examples from last lesson, like this:
Here are some more examples of 'new' descriptions:
I think the quality of the descriptions is improving. We are going to continue with this next week, look at classifying the quadrilaterals according to various attributes, and then perhaps look at calculating angles of these shapes using their properties. We might then move onto exploring their diagonals using some bamboo sticks I have found.
Personal Note #2:
I still have some anxiety when working with this group, mostly when I am talking to the whole class. I am aware that I do not yet have a close-enough relationship with some of these children. Following my personal note at the end of my last post, and Simon's comments, I have become aware that I might not be sharing enough of myself with them.
During today's lesson, I sat at a few tables while the children worked, and we talked about... mostly maths, but other things too. At one table we started talking about the word rhombus, and tried to find other words that started with rh-. One of the children came up with the word rhubarb. As I left the room at the end of the lesson (break-time), I noticed a group of girls playing hangman: