Students tend to struggle with symbolic logic. It’s hard for them to see the order of the logical statements and the reasons behind it. They want to use the inverse or converse to prove something because it’s there. I feel like it’s hard for them to visualize why they can’t do it with symbols until they see why it doesn’t work elsewhere.
We had some time after a quiz on a long block day (85-minute class), and I decided to let their creative side show.
I asked the students to create a children’s book using logic statements.
- They needed at least 10 statements
- Create a story with fluidity by using the transitive property, contrapositive, and conditional of the statement at least once ( & identify when they used what)
- I gave the students the story “If you give a Mouse a Cookie” as an example
This really helped especially with creative transitive statements. For some reason, they seem to struggle with identifying transitive statements when creating proofs.
I let students decide how they wanted to create the story. Some students created theirs on paper while others created it on power point, pages, or google docs. I wanted everyone to see the other stories, however, class time didn’t allow that.
I decided to utilize the wiki feature on Haiku, and I set up a wiki assignment where every student uploaded their story. For homework, student’s had to comment on at least 4 other stories from any of the three geometry classes. This has the same effect as a gallery walk with post-it notes, but it’s now archived on their Haiku. This was a fun activity that didn’t take up too much time. Students really enjoyed creating stories!