Learning from Teaching Cases - Middle School Focus Summary
Monday - Friday, July 7 - 11, 2008
Monday & Tuesday
Thursday - Middle School
Another thing we talked about was strategies on how to keep the groups honest by taking participation quizzes and the grade posted for the groups to see so that they get motivated and start talking to each other. Shuffle quizzes are also used to keep the groups working by the group randomly choosing who will be presenting the problem to everyone else. One more thing that was very important while we were talking about groups was the fact that sometimes student don't know basic arithmetic skills therefore they don't solve problems correctly but when they move on to other concepts, these students excel and so the saying was that we should not let these basic arithmetic skills be the gatekeepers for higher education. Lastly, we talked about student's different ways of learning and that we as teachers need to know because many students are quiet and others are verbal and yet others are visual so we need to know so that we can reward these students accordingly.
Friday - Middle School
Issues of interest in our discussion included
We next watched the video "Group Test" from Teaching Math: A Video Library produced by Annenberg Media. This led to an extensive discussion about the nature of teaching in today's math classroom. Discussion topics included the challenges of motiviating students, adaptation of curriculum to student needs, and effective assessments.
Our discussion ended with reiteration of what we all know about teaching: that the best teaching begins with connecting with and caring about students.
Homework: Read article about group-worthy tasks. Think about group project.
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