CASE FILE
Teacher:
Polly Dredge
School: Providence Elementary School
Grade: 6th
Topic: Algebraic Expressions
Thinking skills explicitly taught: D,S
Duration: 10 minutes
Students: English Language Learners
Challenge: Teach SOL on Pre-Algebra vocabulary (expressions and equations) in a classroom of mixed ability students, many of whom are English Language Learners.
Executive Summary: Ms. Dredge understands a student's misconception and corrects it using the Patterns of Thinking Method. She uses part-whole thinking to help the student understand the distinctions "expression" and "equation," two concepts that would be on the end-of-year state test. By leveraging the Patterns of Thinking, Ms. Dredge is able to help her students build ideas with greater efficiency.