Week 4 – Methods and Materials of Collection

Math can be a great discipline to integrate other curriculum ideas. One example of the many classes math can coincide with is environmental science. The material that I found was students are to research flowers, trees, and bushes for a garden. After they do the research on what plants they want, they will create a scale of their plants on a map of their garden. This is a great tool for students to do some research on plants that would grow in a garden, along with configuring a grid that works with the amount of plants that they have found.

http://mathbydesign.thinkport.org/images/pdfs/windjammer_CurricularActivities_GloriousGarden.pdf

Another very valuable lesson that doesn’t get taught nearly enough is health. Health is such a great and easy discipline that can be implemented into nearly every unit. Similar to the lesson above, this math lesson has students discovering research about plants that will benefit the goldfish in the pond. This lesson will be a great tool for students to find what will help their environments, along with integrating the math component as well.

What I like about this lesson is that they are implementing two disciplines that don’t get enough time in the classroom, with a class that most students have a difficult time comprehending concepts. These are lessons where students have to develop their own research, which gives them a sense of their own purpose and they are able to search for plants that interest them.

http://mathbydesign.thinkport.org/images/pdfs/windjammer_CurricularActivities_HealthyHabitat.pdf

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Week 3 – Methods and Materials Collection

Teachers across the country and even across the world are always looking for ways to help make their classroom more efficient. Countless studies have shown, that one-way teachers can improve their classroom’s overall performance is by implementing active learning into their everyday curriculum. According to Dr. Jim Eison in his research paper, Using Active Learning Instructional Strategies to Create Excitement and Enhance Learning, he says that active learning should include “a wide range of activities that share the common element of  involving students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing” (Eison, 2010). Active learning can create an impactful environment for the students as they become more engaged in their learning rather than simply taking notes off of a PowerPoint. In his article, Dr. Eison has many strategies to help incorporate active learning into an everyday classroom.

The first way to incorporate active learning in the classroom is by having a guest speaker come in and speak to the class. By bringing in a guest speaker that is both knowledgeable about their job and an effective speaker, students could possibly be more inspired by someone who is actually in that profession. If the guest speaker can implement an impactful lesson, students will be able to get an in-depth look at this type of profession and give them a deeper understanding of a lesson. A second way that teachers can create a better learning environment using active learning would be connecting course content to current events. This would be especially useful in any history

A second way that teachers can create a better learning environment using active learning would be connecting course content to current events. This would be especially useful in any social studies class or science class. Having current events news articles available in the classroom along with any current science magazines would be great to have in a classroom. Ways to use these magazines would be that students could give brief presentations about an article that they read or write a response paper to. By having current events articles in your classroom students will have a chance that they may not have anywhere else to stay up-to-date with the world outside of their community. Another active learning tool Dr. Eison discusses in his research paper is by transforming study materials into fun and interactive games. Examples of this would be having a class period studying for an upcoming test by

Another active learning tool Dr. Eison discusses in his research paper is by transforming study materials into fun and interactive games. Examples of this would be having a class period studying for an upcoming test by playing Jeopardy. The entire class would be divided into teams and work together to solve the questions given. Another way is to create study guides that are more intriguing and will help engaged the students in filling the study guide out. Examples of interactive study guides like this would be crosswords.

The last tool to help integrate active learning in the classroom would be by having a class debate. By having a debate students need to locate information on their side of the topic, formulate a persuasive argument as a team, and be able to listen to opposite sides of an argument. All three attributes of a debate will help students in everyday life skills and give them a chance to really grasp a concept from both perspectives.

 

Reference:

Eison, J. (2010). Using active learning instructional strategies to create excitement and enhance learning. Department of Adult, Career & Higher Education.

 

Week 2 – Methods and Materials Collection

Two tools for team and relationship building with your students

  • Giving assignments that allows students to express themselves.
    1. If we give students the opportunity to express themselves, they will feel that they are able to be more comfortable around you. In any subject that is taught, there is a way to implement real-world problems into the curriculum.
  • Attend extracurricular activities featuring your students
    1. For some students, this may be the only support system they see outside of the classroom. To be able to see a teacher that is going out of their way and taking time out of their schedule to see them means a lot to those kids.

Milner, R. (2011). Five easy ways to connect with your students. Harvard Edition Letter.

http://hepg.org/hel-home/issues/27_1/helarticle/five-easy-ways-to-connect-with-students_492

Two tools for making connections with your students and among peers.

One-Minute Talk: Ideal Grade Levels: 5-20

Students are chosen to give 60-second talks on anything, from self-selected topics they are passionate about, have specific expertise in, etc., to topics given from teacher

 Inside-Outside Circle: Ideal Grade Levels: 3-20

Students form a circle within a circle with (ideally) an equal number of students in both circles. Inside circle members pair with outside circle members. Activity leader (usually a teacher, but can be a student) presents a topic, prompt, or question. Partners share for 10 seconds (or less), then the leader asks the inside circle to move clockwise a certain number of spaces to collaborate with new partners directly across from them. This is usually content that focuses and helps spur quick discussion on content related topics, or even current events.

(2012). 10 team-building games for the first day of class. Teacher Thought.

10 Team-Building Games For The First Day Of Class