This Japanese teachers gives an example of how to use previous learning as a building block at the start of a lesson. The teacher asks students to solve a second time two problems they completed in the last lesson. The teacher includes a visual representation too, showing how the algebraic equation links to a geometrical representation. Underpinning this start of a lesson are clear and well-practised routines.
This is an urban, public school. Watch out for how the teacher:
- Begins by linking back to two previous questions
- Uses two visual aids to support students
- Asks students to solve the problem in their preferred way
How do you use connections in your own classroom?