L'Instant du Mentorat
Using SMART technologies, we are exploring curriculum mapping and providing feedback to math and science classes in a junior high.
Location: Thunder Bay
Latest Activity: Jun 1, 2014
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Incorporating math and science in the Leaky Faucet Rich Task. This question was posed by the Grade 8 Math Teacher. We tried to include the science strand (Water Systems) into Math activities. The students responded well to this question and were engaged throughout the lesson.
Students working on the question.
This was a question given to the Grade 8 students on the smart board last week. They were very interested in this task as they are working on Water Systems in Science, particularly reducing personal water consumption.
Our TLLP group met again today to confirm that we're on the right track and making progress. We looked at our goals and our use of technology. Cross curricular mapping was the focus of most of our day, ensuring that relevant rich task were being produced connected to our end goals. A good day mapping grade 7 science and mathematics!
Today we met and discussed the different rich and authentic tasks we have been doing in our classroom. I sat down with the Grade 8 Math teacher and we looked at the strands that we will be working on over the next few weeks and found that we did not really have much in common, although we decided that she can incorporate some of the word problems that relate to calculating mechanical advantage. I am hoping to also look into the efficiency of homes from different time periods and try to use a math component in that.
Today we met and reviewed out goals for the TLLP. I am continuing to use technology in the classroom and incorporate Smart Response into my program. I worked with the Grade 8 science teacher and we looked at some science problems about working systems that could also be incorporated in my math program.
Today was a very productive day. As a group we took the time to assess our goals and reflect on how we were achieving and measuring them. Overall, it has been a very busy few months and we are please with what we have learned and accomplished.
With the start up of the year we were just beginning to understand how to use the different technology (SMART Boards, Note Book, Smart Response, Reflector and various iPad apps).
We encountered numerous obstacles (SMART Boards not working, software freezing, wireless issues, server hang ups), but with determination and a huge support from our Tech and IT guys, we were able to overcome them and dig deeper into our goals.
As we continue to become more familiar with the tech, we see more and more ways of how it can support us with our goals: of curriculum mapping to develop rich and authentic tasks, using the feed back cycle to provide students with ongoing feedback to help improve their work.
Being in a rotary setting, it is often challenging to curriculum map our subjects to provide rich and authentic task that the student gain meaning from. We were very grateful to see the potential of curriculum mapping our subjects and observe what the students were able to gain from it.
At the end of the meeting we each set several goals both skills and professional knowledge that we individually want to work on before we meet at the end of January. They are:
To continue to develop rich tasks, keeping in mind other curriculum connections.
To continue using Smart Technology to improve the feedback cycle in our own pedagogy.
To document our learning and our students learning by taking more pictures of student work and teacher created resources.
Finally looking our budget, we are interested in purchasing iPad minis for each teacher to support documenting our learning and to improve our feedback to students.
During our last TLLP session we reviewed our goals and everything has been going as planned. We are continuing to co-plan and link the math and science curriculum together.
I am becoming more confident using the technology in the classroom and will continue to incorporate it into my everyday lessons.
Also noticed that Joel's picture is identical to Rick Mercer. Nice!
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