One way I work to make my manuscripts stronger is by test driving them with readers. With this book, I’ve gone back again and again to this select group of fourth graders at Davis Magnet IB World School. I worked with these students as third graders to make math story books. See post here. They’ve been giving me feedback this year on my fractal book.
I’ve had good suggestions from them, and from Beth West, who is the International Baccalaureate curriculum coordinator at Davis. Some are: use different color lines for each iteration in the tree fractal and use lungs as the fractal example from the human body. Some of their best feedback comes in the form of questions or comments. One said on Wednesday: I think this version is better because I didn’t really understand fractals before. Phew!