I had a CASE lesson planned that looked pretty good to me. It was about looking for patterns in diverse data about humans. For instance a scattergram of head circumference against height.
The students had a number of different graphs to look for a correlation in. As it was a Tuesday* I included a wee task about the vocab of correlation. It was last period and they never engaged. They were more interested in the vocab sheet than the thinking task.
What did I learn?
- Keep trying. You never know when they will engage (or not)
- Accept that last period is better for cutting out, colouring in, joining dots than it is for thinking
*Tuesday is my literacy day. I know it's pathetic but if I don't stick to it, it won't get done.