Set the Bar High

As Navy Band finishes Studio Time on Day 6 (hour 11 or so), Lisa reflects on the problem set that was given to these young mathematicians, all second and third graders in their first year at Long-View. The problem set is difficult, contains a variety of concepts, and is also lengthy(they had at most 25 minutes to work on this particular day). An important and purposeful message underlies this: the children are coming to understand we believe they can do this work and they are learning this is where we are going to pace. They will soon reach this milestone and by Day 12 they will more expeditiously complete a difficult problem set and do so with high quality thinking and effective collaboration within partnerships. Setting the bar high is a crucial cultural norm.