Description: Students answer critical thinking questions such as, "Are numbers neutral?" or "When are decimals less accurate than fractions?" The goal here is for students to go deeper into thinking conceptually about the math they use. For additional ELD support, I've found that definitions work well here as well as digital sentence strips to help scaffold the vocabulary.
Grouping: This can work individually or in groups. One allows for more introspection while the other creates a greater sense of dialogue.
Tech Tools: blog, form, shared document
#2 - Vocabulary
#5 - Prove It
#7 - Word Problems
#8 - Multimedia Inquiry
#10 - Name It, Claim It
#12 - Reflection
#14 - Self-Assessment
#15 - Conference Document
John T. Spencer is a teacher in Phoenix, AZ who blogs at Education Rethink. He recently finished two books, Pencil Me In, an allegory for educational technology and Drawn Into Danger, a fictional memoir of a superhero. You can connect with him on Twitter @johntspencer