RESULTS
I observed several things in the process
of this assignment. First, the students, who are normally resistant to
engaging in math discussions, jumped at the prompt. As soon as I said that
they would be pretending to run a store, they jumped to deciding what they
would sell and asked if they could survey the class to find out what they
would want to buy. The rest of the project ran itself. I asked a few questions
here and there, such as helping to limit the number of choices that could
be made for each snack, and wording on questions to help with clarity.
The class responded well, and was interested in the results of the survey.
In the spirit of their excitement, I allowed some freedom in how the students
chose to graph their results, which led to an interesting mix of picture
representation and abstract representation, lacking slightly in accuracy.
If we had be able to continue the project over a few days, I might have
used the first graphs for discussion, and further refined their results.
As it was, I was so pleased with their interest level and desire to try
out what they could do on their own that I chose not to do that. Each student
had clear results and were pleased with the answers they could derive from
the graphs of their results, and the project was an overall success. |