Math teachers started this process in October. At first, students were very hesitant to express themselves, but they soon caught on and were willing to risk being wrong since they were told "there isn't only one way and we are more interested in your thinking at this point in time".
Students are now loving math and think it is FUN!
This clip shows students talking about how to determine what materials to buy to build shelves. Ultimately, they will create an algebraic equation.