Today yogi Berra passed away. One of my students is a true baseball fan because he wore this awesome shirt with his quotes on it today:

I introduced students to one of CPM's study team strategies and modeled it for them.

Here's how the pairs check strategy works:

- Student A does the first problem talking about what they are doing.
- Student B watches, does not write, listens, and asks questions if they don't understand or agree.
- When Student A finishes, they check their work with the other pair at the table (and the board).
- If correct, Student B completes the problem, and then reverse roles on the next problem.

In the first class I modeled as Student A who needed to be asked questions by Student B. Later on I realized I should model being Student B because I am better at asking good questions (no offense to my students!). The student pretended to not know how to label the sides so I asked what this tile was called (unit tile). What is this tile called (x tile). What do you think this side is then?

I had students check their answers from the board for problems a through d. When the unit tile covered up the x tile they reasoned it was 3/4 of an x tile. That reasoning is sound. I asked them if we knew how much was being covered up and that lead them in the right direction. I was pleasantly surprised that some students with IEP were quick to understand x-1 as a side length! I hope they remember that on Friday when it is Skill 5 on their assessment!

In 5th period two students were willing to present and I filmed them. They did a great job. I added some closure to it to help students understand their methods. Here's the video:

In accelerated, students worked on Figure 0, 4, and 100 of a tile pattern along with the equation. It was a great review from last year. They also identified equations of lines by looking at their graph and their table. Tomorrow is revisiting slope. A lot of students were rusty with it from over the summer so I am excited they get a chance to review it.

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