So I teach a class called college prep math, and the first semester is all about problem solving. We spent two weeks doing juicy, rich tasks (a few that I got from @henripicciotto, and some others that I created). I’m pumped that all of the group work norms that I’ve set have been fully embraced by the students: delegation, Christian courtesy, and meaningful feedback.
Today we had a break through: they learned how to create annotated solutions that are beautiful. I created some exemplars of solutions to a particular problem, and the students assessed it versus the problem solving rubric that I gave them. Their solutions to the other problems that we worked today were simply stunning. Hallelujah for exemplars and clear rubrics.