Self-Paced Instruction, Task-Based Learning, and Other 1:1 Uses in the Mathematics ClassroomI am also willing to give you feedback on your 1:1 class or even come to your classroom for an observation.Dr. Clayton M. Edwardsclaytonmedwards@gmail.comAwarded Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation at the University of Northern Iowa 2014My Best Online Middle School Math Resources Article (pages 47-54)Presentation Experiences- International 1:1 Computing Conference ~ Atlanta, GA (2013)
- University of Northern Iowa Annual Graduate Faculty Meeting ~ Cedar Falls, IA (2014)
- ITEC ~ Des Moines, IA (2014)
- Iowa 1:1 Institute ~ Des Moines, IA (2012 and 2014)
- AEA 267 1:1 Annual Regional Conference ~ Cedar Falls, IA (2011-2013)
- Green Hills AEA's 21st Century Learners' Conference ~ Underwood and Creston, IA (2014)
- ICTM Pre-session ~ Ames, IA (2014)
Significant Findings From Doctoral Study*Online environments can be equal to face-to-face instruction from a learning standpoint *Students number one like/benefit from the online environment was self-pacing Edwards, C. M., Rule, A. C., & Boody, R. M. (2013). Comparison of face-to-face and online mathematics learning of sixth graders. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 32(1), 25-47. face. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 32(1), 49-66. What is a Self-Paced Classroom...Keys to a Successful Self-Paced Experience- The emphasis is on the INDIVIDUAL...not the masses. Something successful for one student may not be successful for another
- Use a variety of resources. You have the freedom as a teacher to mold the experience for each student
- Students of all ability levels improve in a self-paced environment
- Students who already have mastered a concept are not held back
- Students who work at a faster rate are not stuck waiting for others
- Struggling students can work at a pace suitable to their learning
- The communication between peers, as well as teacher to student, is one of the expected learning avenues of a self-paced classroom
- While student centered, the teacher is HEAVILY involved by helping individual students during class, questioning students to promote further thinking, and forging quality and trusting relationships with students
- Immediate and detailed feedback are essential to a smooth operating self-paced classroom
- Additional time is needed to meet with students outside of normal class hours, give detailed feedback on student assignments or projects, and plan for days or months down the road
- Grades are flexible...more of a standards-based approach
- Constant communication with parents is needed through mass emails or directly to individuals. For mass emails, I use the messenger through Infinite Campus (our grading system)
FULL CLASS SELF-PACED VIDEO EXAMPLE AT BOTTOM OF PAGEIs My Classroom Always Self-Paced?- No it is not...my study has shown that extensive use of self-paced instruction can lead to a deterioration of student enjoyment
- Classroom Percentages
- 60% Self-Paced instruction
- 20% Large Scale Task
- 10% Daily Question with Discussion
- 5% Distributive Practice
- 5% Computation
Monday/Friday(Taken from a Smarter Balance practice test) *After our daily question and discussion, the students have a few distributive practice items to answer, share with a partner, and save for end of class discussion. Students then move to their current self-paced unit. Task Tuesday*Students are given a large scale task with the entire period to complete. Students may work alone or in groups of their choosing. Everyone is responsible for the solution, the process, and the understanding that goes with the task. Each student submits a lengthy write-up of everything it took to solve the problem. FULL CLASS TASK VIDEO EXAMPLE AT BOTTOM OF PAGE*Student Work Examples for the Super Bear Task More Tasks and Student Work on my Blog Computation and Facts ThursdayWednesdayLarge Scale Task Resources I Most Frequently Use- Dan Meyer 3-Acts
- Mathalicious
- Tap Into Teen Minds
- Robert Kaplinsky Tasks
- Desmos Classroom Activities
- Real World Math Activities (Yummy Math)
- Adapted Lessons
- Dr. Edwards' Problem-Solving Task Spreadsheet
Useful Resources I Currently Use- Estimation 180
- Would You Rather
- Five Triangle Blog
- buzzmath.com
- ixl.com
- Smarter Balance Practice Questions
- Graphing Stories
- Questimate (iPad)
- Dan Meyer's Blog
- Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Journal (NCTM)
- Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Blog Blogarithm (NCTM)
- 101 Questions
- Math Mistakes
- Andrew Stadel's Blog
- National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
- NCTM's Illuminations
Other Thoughts- State Testing Results (scroll down on this page)
- Improvement over Score
- Classroom Discipline
- Are you letting your students off the hook for learning?
- Completion Points?
- Moving on without mastery?
- Giving an F and hoping students "figure it out"?
- Not providing think time?
- Where can I find more resources?
- Create a Twitter Account
- Follow me (Dr. Edwards) @doctor_math (I post ready to use ideas and other info regularly)
Thank you for coming to my presentation. Feel free to contact me at cedwards@spartanpride.net or @doctor_math on Twitter with any questions or comments you may have. Full Class Video (Friday Schedule) Note: The lady at the table was observing to get her substitute license -Daily Question -1 Distributive Practice Question -Self-Pacing Work -Going Over Distributive Practice Question Task Day Video (Tuesday) |