“I used to have students write their work on the board, but it would take too long. Therefore, taking a picture [of their work] solved that issue.” Mr. Joe LeRoy, Mathematics Department Chair and Precalculus teacher uses technology in the Active Learning Classrooms to showcase student work and help students think more deeply about their thinking. The teacher can use tools such as Notability or Explain Everything to then annotate on top of the student’s work. This makes it easy for teachers to highlight the ways in which the student communicated his thinking well while also highlight areas for growth. This pedagogical approach uses an authentic source (current student) and provides immediate feedback. The other students see their own mistakes in the work of their peers and learn some of their tendencies as a result.
“I used to have students write their work on the board, but it would take too long. Therefore, taking a picture [of their work] solved that issue.” - Mr. Joe LeRoy, Mathematics Department Chair and Precalculus teacher.
According to one student in his class, the practice “allows us to go at our own pace and see how I am doing in relation to my peers.” This best/next practice also increases student engagement because students can think about mathematics through the lens of their peer learners. “It holds us more accountable,” reflected one student. Another student shared, “If a bunch of people do one thing wrong, it becomes a bit more apparent.”
"It holds us more accountable" - Precalculus Student
This strategy can be used when going over previous assignments or classwork. Additionally, a problem-based approach helps when reviewing content to prepare for a quiz. Framing a problem through the lens of a peer can be quite powerful. From one student’s perspective “It’s good review for the quizzes,” reflected one student.