Best Practices In Teaching, Learning, and Technology Integration
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So, what is common in classrooms with high achieving students? One practice that has "stuck out like a sore thumb" for me over the last few weeks is allowing students opportunities to engage in mathematical dialogue. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards states that "Accomplished teachers deliberately structure opportunities for students to use and develop appropriate mathematical discourse as they reason and solve problems. These teachers give student opportunities to talk with one another, work together in solving problems, and use both written and oral discourse to describe and discuss their mathematical thinking and understanding." In classrooms where students are struggling with math, I ask that teachers reflect on the day and/or week, by asking: 1. Have my students had time to engage in "math talk" during my class? 2. Have I intentionally planned for "math talk" today or this week? and 3. How do I know that each student has engaged in "math talk" this day/week?
One lesson I learned as a classroom teacher was that arranging students in groups (close proximity) did not automatically mean that they would have meaningful learning dialogue. I can remember giving students a group assignment and saying, "be sure to talk with your group members and give feedback." But, now I am sure that students were thinking to themselves, "what does she mean or what should I be saying or asking?" While preparing for National Board Certification, I learned that this communication skill must also be modeled and taught. In my research to offer assistance with this in my schools, I took several of the "starter phrases" and put them together in card form so each pair of students can have readily available examples of how to have "math talk" when they are defending their work to come to a consensus. Here are 3 examples of the 16 cards that are held together nicely with a small ring binder. Click here if you would like to download the entire set.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Now, in the age of mobile devices to aid teaching and learning, the "clicker" has taken a back seat to several on-line tools and Apps. I recently discovered Mastery Connect, which has a free version that allows teachers to track the Common Core or state standards for every student. What a powerful tool! With the free version, up to ten questions can be administered to students, where they answer on their iPad or fill in a bubble sheet that is scanned by the teacher's mobile device (iPhone/iPad) or Web Cam. Students get immediate feedback and results are tagged with mastery, near mastery, or remediation. Several math teachers that I have shared this with are excited to have this data at their finger tips. Another plus is the collaboration with a huge network of teachers who have uploaded assessments to share. Watch the video below to see how some of the features work.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
2. Using an electronic Flipbook, you can turn your students into published poets! Issuu is allows you to publish books and magazines in a digital format, where the pages actually flip as if you were turning a paper magazine or project. Students and parents really like this feature, and projects can easily be posted on your webpage. See an example below.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Generating several codes can become time-consuming if you are using any of the QR Code generating sites. However, you can decrease the time dramatically and organize your codes by using a Google spreadsheet. Tammy Worcester provides this Tip of the Week: Click on this TEMPLATE to enter text or URLs, and a QR code will automatically be generated for you. Then, simply copy and paste the code to your desired designation. Or save the codes to any location on your computer. In order to view the codes in the Google spreadsheet, be sure to change the view from normal view to list view.
Are you using QR Codes in your instruction, or do you plan to? If so, please comment and share some ideas about what you are doing or plan to do.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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