I was excited this morning because the magnatiles I ordered for my play table will arrive sometime today. However, I realized that I already had some puzzles that would work well on the table for this week :). I already had some students try out the math puzzles here today so I am looking forward to what this table will do in the future. I thank Sara Van Der Werf for the inspiration for this in my room (I believe my students will thank her too).
Additionally, today my students worked with the Broken Circles activity. The inspiration for this activity came from reading the Math Equals Love post about this activity. I believe I learned more about my students through this activity than they learned for themselves but I am ok with that outcome because I really do think they learned about how to work on a team and that sometimes your solution will not help other people with their problems. At one point, this team had waited a VERY LONG TIME to have one student give up any of his pieces so they just gave them all to him. He struggled and was unable to put the four circles together himself. I tried to check in with the students and I look forward to reading their feedback to see what this group gleaned from this experience. I definitely learned something and plan to use that information to move forward in my class.