Things have gone much better the past two days with the trig proofs. Much much better.
Yesterday, I asked for volunteers to put up the solutions. Not every problem was done correctly (most were though). Having the students explain their thinking as they were presenting helped. They did a nice job asking questions of one another. I also stressed multiple methods so we saw different ways of doing things. Some were a bit convoluted, but they worked.
Today was more of the same, except this time I called on the, uhm, hesitant students. I told them they could use a lifeline if they got stuck. One girl clapped and cheered when she did it correctly on the board. One student initially said no. I told him it was his choice. So, of course he then got up and did it.
We have a quiz tomorrow. We talked about how to study for math. I’m still surprised by the number of students whose plan is to “look at” the problems. I suggested to take out a new piece of paper and do the same problems again. Then compare results. I shared that I’ve done the same problems over and over until I understood them.
We’ll see what tomorrows brings in terms of quiz results, but I’m really happy with the way classes have gone the past two days. The students have been doing the math, explaining the math, and asking questions of each other. Yay!