How to use musical chairs in a lesson on irrational numbers

01/28/2013 | Reflections of a Techie blog

Educator Marsha Ratzel describes how she transformed the familiar game musical chairs into a lesson on the properties of numbers for eighth-grade students. Ratzel had students dance until the music stopped, scramble for a chair and then discuss with a partner the answers to eight questions about rational and irrational numbers. "These are conversations where students must risk taking a stand on something that can be pretty daunting ... and you want to convey to them that it's the process of the discussion not if they got it right or wrong," Ratzel writes.

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