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A Life Lesson In Success And Good Fortune

A Life Lesson In Success And Good Fortune



Wendy Fenn, a mathematics educator at Maloney High School, and her students have been working on their chromebooks to complete a task.

 As somewhat of an ice breaker but more of a lesson in disguise, She began this school year with a hands on learning activity for her high school math students.  She chose the origami crane on you-tube because the video was only 5 minutes long and in Japanese culture, the crane is a symbol of success and good fortune. Here's a lesson with hopes of finding success throughout the school year.

Without saying much, Ms. Fenn gave each of my students a piece of origami paper and played the "how-to" video on her smartboard one time, without stopping or rewinding.  Not one student in any of her five classes could create the paper crane on the first try.  As a matter of fact, after about 1 minute, most give up. So then, students were asked to use their chromebooks to watch the video and create the bird.  After about 15-20 minutes, many students were able to create the masterpiece, however, some still need more time. 

Following the activity, they discuss the reasons for this video in their math class.  

Perseverance:  not giving up until the task has been accomplished

Distance Learning/flipped lessons:  it's a great way to show students how they can be successful during distance learning and video-based lessons

 Self-paced:  Almost 100 percent of the students were able to create the final product by the end of the periods when stopping, pausing, and replaying the video at their own pace.

Options:  they discussed the  number of different "how-to" videos on line and watching different educators can help them succeed while at home.

(also notice the classroom setting a little bit and how the students are spaced apart.)


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