We know as teachers that students are successful when they can synthesize what they have learned and what they are having problems with based on a certain criteria. Giving students the opportunity to record what “I now know” and what “I need to learn” in relation to a lesson goal will promote them to become reflective thinkers and learners. I find that using learning logs at the end of a lesson is a fantastic way for students to critically analyze their own personal learning. I create little booklets for my students for each strand of mathematics.
From my experience, teaching a unit on Medieval Times is one of the best parts of the curriculum. There are so many ideas, activities that can be done. I find that organizing my ideas for the upcoming unit helps me plan out my activities and see the cross curricular aspects of my lessons. The concept map below lists some activities/learning opportunities I have done in the past.
How many times have you sent a graded test or assignment home in order to communicate with parents regarding the achievement of their son or daughter? More often than not, that vital piece of information was never shown, and more than likely lost forever! I find this very frustrating. I haven’t been able to communicate with parents and at the same time have lost essential documentation for my student files and portfolios. Instead, I use my notification form (attached below) to communicate with parents/guardians of their child’s achievement. Should this form be lost or never returned, you need not worry as you have the evidence on hand. Enjoy and use as you please!
The first time I recall someone uttering the word “GIZMO” it was in reference to the cute little animal in the movie Gremlins. But in most recent experiences teacher and student conversations about GIZMOs refers to technology based simulations found at www.explorelearning.com (a fantanstic resource for teachers). These simulations can range from early learning to the high school level and primarily for mathematics and science related curriculum. For the past 2 years, I have been incorporating GIZMOs within my instructional approach. These simulations can be done independently, in groups and as a whole class. Research has shown that utilizing technology based simulations can deepen understanding and improve student learning. I find that my students are involved and active in their learning. They enjoy using them! I truly enjoy using them, I hope you do too.