Demo lessons...
06112019, 09:39 AM


I have never done a demo lesson before, but I know I would hate them just hearing about them. I'll save my reasoning for why I think I'd hate them since that's not the topic of the post.
Have you looked into Jo Boaler? Her website, youcubed may have some awesome ideas, especially with the growth mindset in math. The week of inspirational math is great for all learners and be be easily differentiated by ability. They don't necessarily address a new concept, but they teach about growth mindset and integrate a lot of the mathematical practice standards while using math content. My students love these! They are longer than 15 minutes, but maybe you could find a part of a lesson to do. Her website also has different problem solving tasks, as well.
You could find other performance tasks/problem solving tasks online as well for kids to work through.
Maybe a game of some sort?
What about having students create a word problem related to a topic in the curriculum (in pairs), then swapping the word problems for partners to solve, but they could solve it in different ways. As an example, students work in pairs and create a word problem for a topic you give them (or they can select from a list maybe). Divide a poster, sheet of construction paper, etc. into 4ths. In the first 4th, have them write the problem. Then, pairs switch. In the second fourth, they solve the problem one way. The paper is then passed to a new partnership. In the 3rd fourth, the new group solves the problem, but in a different way, and you do that again for the 4th rotation. You could add in extra rotations by having another partnership check the word problem to make sure it makes sense, critiquing work/methods/etc.
Are you familiar with algebra titles? Do you think the students are? Do you/would you have access with them (if not, I feel like I saw a way to make them online before). The students could do some work with that.
Just some suggestions. I've never taught 7th grade math, never had to do a demo lesson, and a 15 minute 7th grade math lesson seems tricky, in my opinion.
