Today I “let em go” in my Geometry Honors class. Typically, I use Geogebra.org as a tool for demonstration in class and my students have not created their own drawings. Today, I let go of the reigns and decided to let my students do the discovery. Their task: CONSTRUCT an isosceles triangle. I was impressed with how diligent they were in trying to figure out how to do this on their own. I also was amazed at how few of them utilized the Chromebook power of an internet search to help them.
I loved this activity because of the simplicity of the task yet the complexity of finding a means to get it done. I loved how they were asking questions like “how do I make it do the sides STAY equal”. I didn’t have to SHOW my students how to use the product, they figured it out in real time. I am excited for future endeavors with this approach. It also makes me reconsider how I teach constructions in the future. Currently, we spend a whole unit on paper, compass, and straight edge constructions. I think it might be more beneficial to create online constructions given the trajectory of the world. However, I wonder if the beauty of a circle created with a compass and the congruent radii present will be lost through the simple use of an online tool. This will definitely be a topic of conversation for my next team meeting.