

5. Math question of the day:
"The population of Sokovia is initially 2 million people and is increasing at 4% per year. Sokovia’s annual food supply is initially adequate for 4 million people and is increasing at a constant rate adequate for an additional 0.5 million people per year.  Based on these assumptions, in approximately what year will Sokovia first experience shortages of food?" 6. Students worked with their table groups to solve the problem. Challenge questions were available to those who finished early. 7. Individuals were asked to share their group's thinking with the whole class. 
Theory of Action:
If we as teachers model and incorporate designated roles into student group work, then students will be able to hold each other accountable for sharing their mathematical thinking. This would result in every student’s ideas being valued, respected and mutually beneficial in the classroom. 
Equity Theme:
We will create a safe, inclusive environment that empowers students to confidently share their developing thoughts and understandings by structuring student guided conversations using group roles and mutual accountability for group’s collective understanding. 
Focal Student 1
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Focal Student 3
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Positive Practice Takeaways:
Success in Lesson Plan timing and flow: This lesson study really helped me see the power of effective timing structures and classroom procedures. The usage of group roles and mutual accountability helped bring out some really great shares and collaboration among students. 
Lingering Questions From Lesson Study:
Would assigning our focal students a different role, aside from team captain, have led to more involvement and engagement in the math? For example, asking higher order thinking questions such as "Why would we use this particular formula for exponential growth to solve the problem?" Or other questions such as "How do we know that this is a linear function? How can we solve this problem using a different method?" 