11/7/14 Algebra 1 at Wells Middle School
Today, I had the pleasure of teaching an Algebra 1 class at Wells Middle School. We began with a visualization activity. I chose a word problem from the SBAC Grade 8 math released questions:
Students closed their eyes as I read word problem aloud, students then received a handout with the written word problem and space to draw what they had visualized.
Students then practiced their speaking and listening skills by explaining their pictures to a partner. Students were asked to explain what their partner had drawn. Then students did a gallery walk around the class to view what others in the class had drawn. It was interesting for students to be able to compare other's work, not only to their own, but to their classmates.
This activity transitioned into a lesson on graphing linear equations from slope-intercept form. Students were prompted to write directions on how to convert the equation 2x+2y = 6 into slope-intercept form. Students were asked to read their directions aloud as another followed the steps to convert the equation.
10/27/14 8th Grade at Wells Middle School
Today I had the pleasure to model how to incorporate student discourse and writing strategies into daily lessons.
I chose a question from the text (Grade 8 section 3.2) and had the students visualize as I read the problem aloud and then gave them an opportunity to draw their visualization with the problem on the document camera. Students then shared with a partner (taking turns and practicing listening skills) and then shared out what their partner drew, including some student examples on the document camera.
Students wrote sentences in their textbook margins on how to find the slope of a line using academic vocabulary and process (operations).
We annotated the textbook as we went through the given examples and 'got it' questions.
What a great tool this new textbook is. The teacher and I spoke about how she can incorporate the Cornell Notes style to the interactive textbook format. We also pulled resources from the ConnectEd Plan and Present section for future lessons.
On Tuesday & Wednesday of this week I attended 'Beyond the Common Core Mathematics in a Professional Learning Community' held by Solution Tree in Sacramento. First of all, the Post It combination pack provided to each attendee would have made the conference worth it for me, but when you added in the yummy cookies at lunch, I was sold! As for the 'important' stuff, the content was provoking, and I left with my brain filled with ideas for what Dublin Unified Math really needs to handle the shift into Common Core!
DUSD Math is missing a vision! Although our district has a strong mission statement/vision, our math educators need an anchor that defines our educational culture. Our group, comprised of middle & high school teachers and administrators, as well as our Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and myself, designed a preliminary vision for the DUSD Math:
Here it is! The combined K-5 and 6-12 math vocabulary book created by Dublin math teachers to support acadam
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