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Concept Clips - A Math Task
A multi-disciplinary approach to mathematics instruction promotes the exploration of numeracy concepts beyond traditional algorithmic problem practice.
The Concept Clip task is a short video, created in Clips, where students are challenged to discuss math concepts with language as well as numbers. They are asked to define a mathematical concept in their own words and provide their own examples of the concept. Because students make their conceptual understandings visible by creating a video with Clips, their work can provide the student with metacognitive reflection through the creation process, while simultaneously providing assessment opportunities for the teacher.
In my classroom, possible topics of the assignment range from more generalized vocabulary, such as “fraction” or “integer,” to more granular vocabulary such as “zero pairs” or “variable.” This way, students can get a taste of explaining big ideas as well as more specific concepts.
Students may use the scripting and/or storyboarding supports below to support their video creation. My criteria is that videos must be less than 1 minute long and I hold this as a firm expectation, which in turn urges the student to be clear and concise in what they choose to share.
Here is a sample video from one of my students so you can get a feel for the structure of the Clip.
In my experience, many students - even those who are strong in math - initially struggle with the Concept Clip task. Applying language to describe mathematical processes can be very challenging. However, deep content understanding has lent itself to future ease in both understanding related concepts and manipulating strategy applications when problem solving.
*It should be noted that Concept Clips serve as a small part of my middle years multi-disciplinary instructional approach to mathematics, and other methods such as collaborative problem solving, whole-class and small-group discussions, hands-on activities, and problem practice round out effective instruction.
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