Dear fellow teachers,
Congratulations on completing another school year! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. It's been a while since I've posted and I want to share and summarize our end of the school year!
On the last day of school, I only had my 6th graders (about 10) so we had fun working on origami pieces--a stellated icosahedron, and origami hearts! :)
After their final assessment, I asked students to draw or illustrate their most memorable moment or Aha! Moment this year. I was impressed and surprised by what they remembered throughout the school year--some recalled the very first activities we did at the beginning of the school year. And it's funny that most involved food! :D I can't deny that food makes lessons more memorable for students--something for me to consider for next year. The most popular moments included: the penny lab (TMM bridge thickness and breaking weight) and skittles lab (GGG Exponential decay. Some students chose to illustrate their favorite Aha! Moment--I really enjoyed reading those.
A thought for next time I could implement may work for the end of each unit--possibly even added to their portfolio. Students can reflect with the prompt: "I used to know....and now I know that..." Perhaps they can even make it into a comic book or illustration compiling: I used to know, now I know, most memorable math moment, and favorite Aha! Moment.
Please let me know if you have any ideas for reflection! :)