Today students were asked to find the area of one of the rectangles on the smart board using any strategy they wanted.

As students were working I encouraged those who were finishing up their first method to think of another strategy they could use to show their thinking in another way. I also nudged students forward just a bit more, asking them what strategy they felt was the most efficient.

As students were finishing, I walked around the carpet area and took pictures of their awesome and diverse math thinking. I then post these pictures on the smart board and ask the "math author" to explain their processes and explain which strategy they felt was the most efficient.

The rest of the class is able to ask questions for clarification.

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