As we began, I asked if any of them had ever seen a video tutorial. Grinning, they all said that they had. They were thrilled with the idea of making their own!
After randomly selecting a multi-digit multiplication strategy, they planned presentations, including visuals and text/dialog. This organizer helped guide the process. (Click on the sheet for a free copy.)
Students plan and write the visuals and the dialogue...
...and practice presentations on mini whiteboards...
This was a powerful way for them to demonstrate what they've learned. As students planned, I heard incredible mathematical conversations. In one example, while working on the ratio table presentation, a student experimented with several sets of numbers--conversing with classmates about choices--before he came up with an example that demonstrated optimal efficiency.
Enjoy their videos. If you'd care to share, they would love to read your comments!
The articles in this 3-part series on Teaching Multi-Digit Multiplication include:
1. Multiple Strategies for Multi-Digit Multiplication (introduction)
2. Choosing the BEST Strategy
3. Student Video Tutorials