Just the other day I posted about a lesson I used in class to try and explain to my students the concept of CRITERIA. In addition to this I asked my PLN and those who visited my blog for suggestions and ideas to help teach my students about CRITERIA.
Relatively soon after my post, Robyn, a member of my PLN suggested:
An easy way is to ask them what they would need to think of if they were buying a birthday present for their best friend. Then ask them what about if they were buying a present for their granny. Look at the two lists and see what is the same and what is different – not only can they understand criteria but they can also see how criteria are different in different contexts.
Considering this suggestion, yesterday I tried exactly what Robyn had suggested, the only modification being that I used a Comparison Organizer. This is what my students came up with through conversations and discussion.
The students determined that there are differences in the types of gifts we give people because of what they like, how they spend their free time and what they do for fun. Which for Grandma is projects and crafts but for a student their age it is playing.
I was exstatic – the kids were getting it and I was not doing a lot of guiding to help them discover the answer, they were learning from and feeding off of each other. THANK YOU ROBYN
This developed into another great lesson and activity, but that can wait for a later post. Once again I would really like to say ” THANK YOU ROBYN”