Today in Algebra we went over multiplying and dividing fractions. I followed along with Fawn, the day went OK. We used rectangles to model addition, subtraction, multiplication, AND division and I believe students were overwhelmed with using the same representation for all four different operations.
Next year I will probably use rectangles only for addition/division. It was also difficult for students to shift from the rectangle representation of division to the algorithm. I explained to them that the goal for today and yesterday was to look at how fraction operations worked rather than just memorizing algorithms.
In Geometry we started with a Visual Pattern.
Student did an awesome job on this, it was really interesting to see which students counted the upside down triangles and the reactions when other students listen to a method they had not thought of. I have been doing visual patterns around once a week and LOVE them.
Students took a few notes on Adjacent Angles and Linear Pairs and worked through Pairs of Angles from Math Teacher Mambo. This was a great way for students to practice identifying and talking about different types of angles.I showed students a short proof on vertical angle congruencey and they went back through the worksheet and starred which angles were vertical.