Today, for our intermediate level math course at uOttawa, Cassandra Mclean and I took our first shot at designing/presenting an activity station. Ok, it’s not really our first shot, we kind of did it last year as well for another course, but I think building off from previous experiences, it definitely felt a bit more developed this time.
The activity itself targeted Grade 9 linear relations. We had our ideas down but then two days before our presentation we came across Dan Meyer‘s #BottleFlipping lesson and Jon Orr‘s successful implementation of it via Twitter and decided to scrap our original plans.
We modelled our (15-20 minute) activity around Jon Orr’s lesson design.
Set-up the table with an instruction sheet, “contest” sheet, an iPad to watch a quick video, some devices for Desmos, and of course …the water bottles!
Next, was the actual contest:
Some groups got a little bit more competitive than others and started to have conversations about slight differences in the bottle design 🙂
Our timing was a little off because most of the groups didn’t get around to the final step (which is kind of important) and we also had to change it into only 2-3 one-minute trials. But, overall, I think it went pretty good and we even got some nice feedback.
Full credit goes to Jon Orr and Dan Meyer.
Planning for a 15-20 minute activity station was definitely a nice experience, kind of allows you to regroup your thoughts around lesson planning and your strategy for picking out main ideas/activities. It was nice to participate in them as well, felt like a mini in-class PD session on lesson ideas .
My final thought –if only all my lessons went this smooth 🙂