Most recently in math, we have been working on attributes and sorting. After some whole group discussion and work I sent the kids to their tables to work with manipulatives and sort. They could decide on the attribute they would use to sort. As I walked around the room, I could see who obviously got it and who obviously did not. As I stopped to work with those who were confused and made my way around I encountered a student who is very bright and very "with it" but appeared to be making long lines of random colored cubes. There were 2 different colors in one line and several different colors in the other lines. I stopped and knelt down and said, "Tell me how you are sorting and the attribute you chose." She responded, "I am sorting kinds of colors. These are the dark colors, these are the medium colors and these are the light colors." I smiled and was so impressed, and was so glad I asked.
|Sorting kinds of colors-light colors, medium colors, dark colors|
|sorting tall buildings and short buildings|