Plan for Success
As you know, planning for success begins even before your students enter the classroom. It starts when you review the standards and objectives that guide your teaching and continues as you evaluate and rethink your experiences throughout the year.|
Here are a few markers you may want to consider as you travel that path.
CONSIDER THE STANDARDS
DECIDE TIMES FOR GAME-PLAYING AND PUZZLE-PLAYING
- Take a look at the Maryland and national standards, indicators and objectives for each puzzle as a first step in long-range planning.
- Think about the sequence of your curriculum. Where does it intersect with the puzzles that are part of Lure of the Labyrinth?
- Other than the connections we suggest, are there other places where you could introduce the mathematics in each puzzle as part of a subject that you are teaching? For example, might you want to use a puzzle experience to gather and analyze data or track the probability of correct responses?
THINK ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION
- Game-playing is best introduced at the very beginning of the year. Decide if you have enough time built into your schedule to offer students time to play the entire game. If not, consider other times for playing the game: when students finish an assignment; an after-school class, etc. Remember that students can play either the game or the puzzles (What's the difference between puzzles and the game?)
THINK ABOUT MILESTONES FOR SUCCESS
- Look at the lesson plans created for each puzzle by pre-algebra teachers currently working in the classroom.
- Decide which lesson plans will work best with your students. All lesson plans have suggestions to help you differentiate learning opportunities for all your students.
- Consider ways in which you might tweak an existing lesson plan to better suit the needs of your students, or
- Design your own lesson plans based on the puzzles.
- Whether you use our lessons or create your own, we suggest that all students play the game or puzzle first to create a strong basis for their learning when you show them how its principles integrate into your curriculum.
- How will you know if you and your students have succeeded? Think about your goals in this regard and the way you will measure them.