I often watch my baby boy experience the world around him as if he was a TV show. Everything is strange and fascinating and beautiful.
…I think he mostly thinks everything is edible.
But to him, everything is interesting. Toes, water spills, cheeks; he could study and feel and wonder forever.
This past week I was introduced to “I noticed/I wonder…” By Annie Fetter – and I was incredibly excited to try it. Six year olds love to ask questions, they wonder about everything! Harnessing that natural response could be a powerful tool for engaging my students in mathematical conversations.
So, I dove straight in.
I posted a picture. A simple picture.
Luckily, I had asked a co-teacher to help with the scripting, because they were ready to tell me everything they noticed. Hands were raised all over the room. I didn’t need to encourage participation, they were ALL IN.
When we moved to the wonders, the conversations became even more natural. A lot of them were wondering where the people were. Were they inside? So, after the wonders were all wondered aloud, we talked about the people.
If each house had 1 person inside, how many people are there? How do you know?
If the bottom houses all had 2 people inside except the last one, how many people are there? Can you tell me how you counted?
What if some of the house are empty? Which ones?
SO. MUCH. MATH.
I am sure I did not do justice to this awesome process to get kids thinking, but I know it’s something EVERYONE is excited to try again. It simple, natural, engaging, and fun. I definitely will be read everything I can on this one.
I wonder what it will look like next time…