My goals for this year are
- Stronger concept-based inquiry lessons
- More integration of applications and real-life problems
- Challenging- more rigorous thinking, quality work, persistence these are things I’d like to see in my students.
Reading through the document of the 7 C’s there were a number of areas which I realized my students were not going to respond well to me.
I know that I have a strong classroom management style. While students are in my classroom, I expect them to be engaged and involved in the learning process. I also expect them to be courteous towards all members of the classroom.
I believe I am courteous and respectful with all students, although I am not certain that students would feel the same. A good number of students are willing to ask questions for clarification, or help. There are a few who are unwilling to ask questions-maybe, they are afraid that I might judge them by their question.
There have been instances where a parent has complained that his son does not like to ask questions I my class. When asked why, the parent explained that it was because I answered the question with another question.
I do want to share their thoughts and try to link their comments and questions back to the learning. There is not a lot of diversity of ideas in mathematics.
Not always easy to do. Sometimes there are some basic things to be looked at before getting to the fun stuff. Application problems are a help. Logic puzzles via the internet definitely motivate some students.
I do ask open ended questions, in hopes of finding different paths to a solution. Again not always practical in mathematics.
The comments students receive on their assignments (via Powerschool) reflect the areas that need some further work. Complex tasks are broken down.
Need to work on more variety. I do not think direct instruction, modeling steps to a problem necessarily leads to understanding. The concept is the most important, the process is a result of understanding the content.
We often begin by looking at what we have already learned.
We do not always summarize what we have learned at the end of the day, as some people are at different places. We revisit what we learned the following class.
I try to keep them challenged, part of their learning involves challenging themselves and inquiring into what they are doing. I do not let them give up and ask them to explain often.